Collected Poems Of Muriel Rukeyser
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Collected Poems Of Muriel Rukeyser

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Muriel Rukeyser held a visionary belief in the human capacity to create social change through language. She earned an international reputation as a powerful voice against enforced silences of all kind, against the violence of war, poverty, and racism. Her eloquent poetry of witness-of the Scottsboro Nine, the Spanish Civil War, the poisoning of the Gauley Bridge laborers-s...more
Hardcover, 600 pages
Published April 22nd 2005 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published 1978)
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James Murphy
I came to Rukeyser's poetry and to this book late, though I'd had her around me for years. I was attracted finally by someone liking her to Whitman and pleased by Anne Sexton's considering her "the mother of us all." This Collected Poems is an impressive addition to any poetry shelf. One is allowed to look over the entire panorama of Rukeyser as if standing on a shore and seeing her work as vast banks of clouds crouched on the horizon. Like weather, always impressive with authority and beauty. N...more
Jenn
She is my favorite poet. She understands me and I read this book like people read the bible. It is like my bible. This book travelled the country with me since I was 19. It even survived Baltimore and was sent back to me with only a few other interesting items. I lost it last summer and it disturbs me still. That is just how last summer was - lol.
Jennifer Lauren Collins
Though Rukeyser isn't one of my favorite poets, her works shine with moments of power, insight, and wisdom, and there's no denying that she was "ahead of her time" in terms of politically and socially engaged poetry. As a collection, this has many highs and lows, and her strongest moments are within the many poetic sequences she wrote. For poets, though, and for all those readers and writers interested in socio-politically engaged writings (or writers) and/or feminist writers, Rukeyser can't be...more
Dustyn Hessie
Every time I revisit this book I discover something new, fascinating. Rukeyser's poetry can be read from so many different angles (political, personal, philosophical) and discussed so inexhaustibly that after I read her I have her poetry imbedded in my thoughts for quite some time. Her lines are just illuminating:

"The days grow older and the stars cross over / And my wild bed turns slowly among the stars."

"On Sundays their dreams are longer, and their waking / is a long exhalation of their wee...more
Jessica
i struggled with this. she is worth the fight.

"Lately having escaped three-kinded death
Not by evasion but by coming through
I celebrate what may be true beginning.
But new begun am most without resource
Stupid and stopped. How do the newborn grow?
I am of them. Freshness has taken our hearts;
Pain strips us to the source, infants of further life
Waiting for childhood as we wait for form.....

Nothing I wrote is what I must see written,
Nothing I did is what I now need done."
Roy
A remarkable and curently needed neglected poet. Her passion was honest and relevance. He work a tribute to both and an example of significant unique artistry in a socially aware context--inevitably.
Lisa Giurato
Book of the Dead is amazing. If you don't read anything else by Muriel Rukeyser, read Book of the Dead (found in this collection).
nicole
Oct 01, 2007 nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone - politically minded, especially
Shelves: poetry
she's a really amazing poet. check her out.

she writes about real things.
Robert
I admit I didnt read the whole thing, but wow for what I did read!
Billy Stoneking
Wonderful poems by "the best poet of her exact generation".
Simona
recommended by malena. i've really come to love her work.
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