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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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Feb 05, 2011 Mely rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Rereading this before getting to Tonight No Poetry Will Serve. One of my favorites of her recent collections.

Title poem.
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...more
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.
Not her strongest collection.
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..."
Feb 04, 2008 Talia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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!
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.
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.
H Mattern
I enjoyed snippets of these words yet not my favorite of Adrienne's collections.
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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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