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4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The themes of this book are the poetics of violence and the poetics of love. Its impulse is the deepening of recognitions through language, in a time of ignorance and mutilation.

Miss Rich has written: "For a poet...there is this primary labor with words. But I have the notion that how you live your life has something to do with it—that morality, for a poet, is a refusal of
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 17th 1969 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published March 1st 1969)
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Craig Werner
Jun 05, 2011 Craig Werner rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to replace my previous review, but I do want to add a few reflections in response to re-reading Leaflets in the context of Rich's Collected Poems.

I'll start with the original review:

Fierce, honest, and as necessary today as it was in 1968. Paying ironic homage to Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Rich declared artistic, political and psychological independence from the traditions that had shaped her early life and work. Like Godard, Baldwin, Bob Dylan and Gary Snyder, she's determined to
Michael Vagnetti
Feb 01, 2012 Michael Vagnetti rated it liked it
I will recall this book because of its poems of insomnia and early mornings, but I will also forget them for the same reason: these are not subjects from which I can hatch a plot with the author. They are states. They pass. I expected a more viscous, deployed activism, considering the dates of composition (1965-1968). Here, the "fight" has not been absorbed into the reflexes and musculature of the poems. When it is, it tends to be too direct or explicit, when it should be more immanent in the wr ...more
Mike Jensen
Sep 21, 2015 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
Ms. Rich was unconscionably rude to me and a coworker many years ago, and unrepentant about the incident. Basically, fuck her. Nevertheless, I have attempted to evaluate these poems fairly.

To be fair, therefore, I can see the power in a few of them and in portions of others, but it is not a power that especially resonates with me. There is a rebellion, even a call to revolution that ought to be seen as bold and interesting, but it is not a revolution that engages me. There are a few poems about
Jun 09, 2007 Ash rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Adrienne Rich is one of those writers with whom I don't always agree (she was a fairly ardent separatist for much of her career, and I'm...not), but whose writing is gorgeous enough that I almost don't care.
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Shelves: poetry
One badass old lady.
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Recommends it for: feminists
This is it--my favorite volume of Adrienne Rich's poetry.
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Adrienne Rich (b. 1929). Born to a middle-class family, Rich was educated by her parents until she entered public school in the fourth grade. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College in 1951, the same year her first book of poems, A Change of World, appeared. That volume, chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and her next, The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems ...more
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“I wanted to choose words that even you
would have to be changed by

Take the word
of my pulse, loving and ordinary
Send out your signals, hoist
your dark scribbled flags
but take
my hand”
“Birds and periodic blood.
Old recapitulations.
The fox, panting, fire-eyed,
gone to earth in my chest.
How beautiful we are,
he and I, with our auburn
pelts, our trails of blood,
our miracle escapes,
our whiplash panic flogging us on
to new miracles!
They’ve supplied us with pills
for bleeding, pills for panic.
Wash them down the sink.
This is truth, then:
dull needle groping for the spinal fluid,
weak acid in the bottom of the cup,
foreboding, foreboding.
No one tells the truth about truth,
that it’s what the fox
sees from his scuffled burrow:
dull-jawed, onrushing
killer, being that
inanely single-minded
will have our skins at last.”
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