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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  6 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
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 see the world clear, to reject the cant and evasions of the moment. You can see Rich moving towards the lesbian-feminist commitments of Diving Into the Wreck in poems like "Orion", but the heart o ...more
Michael Vagnetti
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
Jun 09, 2007 Ash rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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.
Aug 20, 2007 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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”
“Things take us hard, no question.
How do you make it, all the way
from here to morning?
I touch
you, made of such nerve
and flare and pride and swallowed tears.
Go home. Come to bed. The skies
look in at us, stern.
And this is an old story.”
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