Muriel Rukeyser


Born
in New York, The United States
December 15, 1913

Died
February 12, 1980

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Muriel Rukeyser was an American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism. Kenneth Rexroth said that she was the greatest poet of her "exact generation".

One of her most powerful pieces was a group of poems entitled The Book of the Dead (1938), documenting the details of the Hawk's Nest incident, an industrial disaster in which hundreds of miners died of silicosis.

Her poem "To be a Jew in the Twentieth Century" (1944), on the theme of Judaism as a gift, was adopted by the American Reform and Reconstructionist movements for their prayer books, something Rukeyser said "astonished" her, as she had remained distant from Judaism throughout her early life.

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The Life of Poetry

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The Collected Poems

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Out of Silence: Selected Poems

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Selected Poems

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Savage Coast

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The Book of the Dead

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The Book of the Dead

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The Speed Of Darkness

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U.S. 1

4.34 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1938
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Breaking Open

4.19 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1973 — 2 editions
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“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”
Muriel Rukeyser

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open.”
Muriel Rukeyser

“No one wants to read poetry. You have to make it impossible for them to put the poem down--impossible for them to stop reading it, word after word. You have to keep them from closing the book.”
Muriel Rukeyser

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