Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Diamond Cutters” as Want to Read:
The Diamond Cutters
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Diamond Cutters

2.8  ·  Rating details ·  10 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published 1955 by Harper & Brothers
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Diamond Cutters, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Diamond Cutters

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-33)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Julie Ehlers
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
When this clangor in the brain
Grows perfunctory, or worse,
Put me down a sick old woman
Propped for sleep, hire me a nurse;
Till then, all things I look upon
Beat on my brain to hail and bless,
And every last and wayward power
I claim till then, and nothing less.

As far as I can tell, The Diamond Cutters went out of print soon after its 1955 publication and, unlike a lot of Rich's other books, stayed out of print until its inclusion in the recent Collected Poems 1950–2012. It's pretty easy to see why.
Craig Werner
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Although The Diamond Cutters is clearly the least satisfying volume of Rich's long career, there are a handful of excellent poems written in a form defined by metrical constraint and late modernist uneasiness. Throughout, there's a sense of distance from lived experience, often expressed through poems that place the persona in a tourist's position. There's a strained attempt to cast poetic control as an adequate answer the underlying dis-ease: "Awhile/Mind's local jangling lightens, ear is eased ...more
Mandy E
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
"But we have made another kind of peace,
And walk where boughs are green,
Forgiven by the selves that we have been,
And learning to forgive. Our apples taste
Sweeter this year; our gates are falling down,
And need not be replaced."
from "Letter From the Land of Sinners"

In these poems are a certain amount of stiffness and archaic speech, but many of the problems Rich deals with later in her better poems are seeded here.

" 'I'm sick, I guess—
I thought that life was different than it is."
from "Autumn Eq
rated it did not like it
Apr 13, 2018
rated it liked it
May 20, 2018
Adriana Scarpin
rated it liked it
Nov 30, 2017
Sarah Fleming
rated it liked it
Aug 14, 2017
rated it really liked it
Sep 02, 2018
rated it liked it
Jan 08, 2017
marked it as to-read
Feb 13, 2013
Katelyn Shaver
marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2015
Sonia Allison
marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2015
marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2015
Michael Giaccio
marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2015
marked it as to-read
May 12, 2016
marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2016
marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2016
marked it as to-read
Oct 22, 2016
marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2017
Aly Mick
marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2017
Mei-Jen Sun
marked it as to-read
Nov 02, 2017
Aly Pusateri
marked it as to-read
Nov 09, 2017
marked it as to-read
Dec 19, 2017
marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2018
marked it as to-read
Mar 24, 2018
marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2018
Tim Barzditis
is currently reading it
Jun 15, 2018
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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