"In sheer numbers, these microbes and their genes dwarf us. It turns out that we are only 10 percent human: for every human cell that is intrinsic to our body, there are about 10 resident microbes."
"There is no simple formula for the relationship of art to justice. But I do know that art—in my own case the art of poetry—means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage. The radical disparities of wealth and power in America are widening at a devastating rate. A President cannot meaningfully honor certain token artists while the people at large are so dishonored."
- Happy birthday, Adrienne Rich
! The 1997 letter
with which the beloved poet became the only person to turn down the prestigious National Medal of Arts. (via explore-blog
(Source: , via explore-blog)