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The School Among the Ruins by Adrienne Rich
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May 04, 2009

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Read in May, 2009

This collection of poems is densely packed with wonderful images but somehow I feel that the music is gone. Another disturbing thing I find is that these poems actually NEED the notes at the end of the book. How else are we supposed to understand any meaning in ambiguous references like: "October '17/ May '68/ September '73." So of course, I find it troubling that the best lines in this book are surrounded by an almost purposeful ciphering. Why?

Still, when Rich is overcome by the insanity of inspiration, her poems take a turn upward, though unfortunately not enough for any ONE poem to be that much better or worse than another.

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