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3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In this volume, Adrienne Rich pursues her signature themes and takes them further: the discourse between poetry and history, interlocutions within and across gender, dialogues between poets and visual artists, human damages and dignity, and the persistence of utopian visions. Here Rich continues taking the temperature of mind and body in her time in an intimate and yet com ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton Company (first published March 2001)
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Mar 26, 2015 Dhiyanah rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-fire, poetry
I either slide past Adrienne Rich's poems or I get entangled in the moments of her lines -- the rhythm of words when read slowly, the images overlapping memories and history. A favorite line from this, "The most personal feelings become historical," sums up my observations of her poetic voice. The collection's titular poem is mesmerizing in its evocation of yearning. Terza Rima felt a landscape of being lost internally/externally. This was one of those collections that had enough for me to want ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Mely rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Rereading this before getting to Tonight No Poetry Will Serve. One of my favorites of her recent collections.

Title poem.
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Mar 07, 2017 Kimberly Seibert rated it it was ok
I was particularly fond of the poem titled "Messages" it was a short poem but to the point with great prose. The rest of the poetry in this book was rather bland to me.
Craig Werner
Jun 05, 2011 Craig Werner rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Fox has always been of the Adrienne Rich books I've had the hardest time getting a clear sense of. That was a little less true this time, probably because I've been reading Rich steadily and have a stronger sense of how the later volumes speak to one another and amplify a core set of themes. One of the most important of those is the relationship between the personal and historical experiences at the end of the 20th century: "Together on the bare slope where we were driven/ The most personal feel ...more
Aug 24, 2008 Jennn rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Although I don't think this is her strongest work, I still enjoyed it and read through it quickly.

I think my favourite was Terza Rima or Veteran's Day (each were a collaboration of pieces), although Waiting For You At the Mystery Spot has a dear place in my heart (very subtle and delicate, plus it mentioned the tourist trap "the mystery spot" which we'd always see when rock-collecting in Kentucky).

Terza Rima 2: "I lead through live-oak meadows/to the hillside where the plates shuddered// rewind
Jul 29, 2013 AnandaTashie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2013
from Waiting For You At The Mystery Spot (p 59): "I sit listening to voices watching the miraculous migration / of sunshafts through the redwoods the great spears / folding up / into letters from the sun deposited through dark green / slots / each one saying / I love you but / I must draw away Believe, I will return..."
Dec 29, 2007 Talia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry peeps and political/radical peeps
Favorite poems from this book:
Regardless, Fox, Messages, and Grating....

Some of Rich's poems are so good/deep that i don't really even understand what she is talking about... but i know it's beautiful... or powerful... and that's enough for me!
Feb 23, 2007 za rated it really liked it
i find some poems challenging to decipher and because of that, difficult to connect with. when i do come across a piece that speaks to me, however, its amazing. rich's style is terse and piercing and deeply sensitive.
Apr 11, 2014 Morgan rated it liked it
If it weren't for OCTOBRISH, this compilation wouldn't have had anything in it for me. I'm glad I found it though. It is an amazing poem.
missy jean
Mar 28, 2015 missy jean rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Terza Rima is a new favorite.
Jan 11, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
Certainly not the best collection she has, but one line struck me - 'The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me' - which I realize is an original quote by Blaise Pascal. Oooooh.
Sep 20, 2012 !Tæmbuŝu marked it as to-read
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Mar 02, 2015 Helen rated it liked it
Not my favorite book of poetry by Adrienne Rich. Interesting metaphor, lovely landscapes, but a bit more academic than I prefer in my poetry.
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May 17, 2013 Heather Mattern rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
I enjoyed snippets of these words yet not my favorite of Adrienne's collections.
Jul 01, 2013 Bethany rated it liked it
I wished there were more poems like fox, but I enjoyed this volume although I agree it's not her strongest work. I always feel I have to reread each poem right away to get what was happening.
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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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