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Dark Fields of the Republic

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A new book of poems by one of America's most distinguished poets.

"When does a life bend toward freedom? grasp its direction?" asks Adrienne Rich in Dark Fields of the Republic, her major new work. Her explorations go to the heart of democracy and love, and the historical and present endangerment of both.

The poems of Dark Fields of the Republic are a theater of voices: of m
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published September 1st 1995)
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Anthony Vacca
Jan 14, 2015 Anthony Vacca rated it liked it
Not as volatile as the other collection of Rich's poetry that I have read, Diving Into the Wreck, this work from the early 1990's allows Rich to air her grievances about the Western World going to hell in a hand basket. But sadly the caustic, piercing qualities of her 1970's work - where she raged and raged and raged against gender roles and relations - have been smoothed over for a more melancholic, retrospective murmur. When Rich's love for women-loving is mentioned (in vague she's or you's, n ...more
Aug 29, 2012 A.M. rated it really liked it
After reading this collection of poetry by Adrienne Rich, I felt called to action. What action, I am not entirely sure. Dark Fields of the Republic is a compilation of what I can only describe as "cautionary" poems - a review of the past and a warning not to relive our mistakes. A plea to figure it out before it's too late.

The title comes from a line in The Great Gatsby: "He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He
Jan magdalene
Oct 19, 2014 Jan magdalene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
the one thing that really pissed me off about this book was how after each poem it had the date it was written: so anti-climatic in this sense. just a distraction from the beauty of adrienne rich's poetry.
Jun 11, 2014 h rated it liked it
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good but didn't love love it.
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Glenda Bailey-Mershon
Aug 10, 2013 Glenda Bailey-Mershon marked it as to-read
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I wish I were an Adrienne Rich fan. I understand her important role in American poetry as an insistent voice for harvesting the personal married to the well-structured perspective. I don't find her work supple and enough to hold my attention, nor do I find the kind of generosity of spirit that I seek from a poet who should be giving us moments of intense self-recognition. Nevertheless, there are poems here that have informed many other poets who take more willingly to the lessons taught.
Nov 10, 2013 Kelli rated it really liked it
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Absolutely beautiful and powerful. I toyed with giving this a 5, but some of the poems I didn't like (particularly Calle Vision). I'm not sure if it was the formatting or the subject matter...but for the most part Rich's poetry is evocative and compelling.
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Sep 02, 2009 John rated it really liked it
My first real acquaintance w/ this author. The poems are dry in a way, meaning that they contain little bounce & surprise. The poems aren't sexy or juicy or joyful. But they do sound w/ a power & a finality, as if their findings cannot be disputed. This poetry is written w/ a firm hand; the pen does not aimlessly wander.
Adrienne Kiser
Jun 30, 2013 Adrienne Kiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When a voice learns to sing it can be heard as dangerous
when a voice learns to listen it can be heard as desperate."

While this collection did not resonate with me as much as some of her other works, I still found myself savoring several of the poems and rereading them slowly rather than moving on to the next page.
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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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