Poet Adrienne Rich dead at 82
In her poems and essays, Rich explored women's rights, racism, socialism, sexuality and love between women -- she was a lesbian.
In 1974, she won a National Book Award for her collection of poems "Diving into the Wreck."
Rich came of age in the 1950s and married a Harvard economist. She had three sons with him, but left him in 1970 and eventually settled with her partner, writer/editor Michelle Cliff.
"She was very courageous and very outspoken and very clear," Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and friend W.S. Merwin tells the New York Daily News. "She was a real original, and whatever she said came straight out of herself."