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In this richly crafted collection of essays from National Book Foundation Medal Winnin poet and essayist Adrienne Rich readers are given a erudite and charmingly precise chronicle of the relation between art and social justice. 'A Human Eye' makes remarkable use of the poet's sensibilities in exploring such issues as language and its power to shape not only those who use it as a vocational tool, but also the impact it has on entire cultures and societies.Among the diverse subjects touched in this collection are socialist manifestos for young readers, rereading early works of Amiri Baraka, the texts of Zionism and the Jewish Diaspora, and many more fascinating essays on the art of words.
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An anthology of contemporary poets presents works that reflect the diversity in American poetry
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"I came to explore the wreck. / The words are purposes. / The words are maps. / I came to see the damage that was done / and the treasures that prevail." These provocative poems move with the power of Rich's distinctive voice.
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The Fact of a Doorframe is the ideal introduction to Rich's opus, from her formative lyricism in A Change of Word (1951), to the groundbreaking poems of Diving into the Wreck (1973), to the searching voice of Fox (2001).
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Drawing upon 12 volumes of her published work as well as a manuscript posthumously left behind, this collection from the award-winning poet includes “From Strata,” “Itinerary,” “For the Young Anarchists” and “Theethsucking Bird.”
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Adrienne Rich's influential and landmark investigation concerns both the experience and the institution of motherhood.
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Adrienne Rich suggests how poetry has actually been lived in the world, past and present. In this essay, which was the basis for her speech upon accepting the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, she ranges among themes including poetry's disparagement as "either immoral or unprofitable," the politics of translation, how poetry enters into extreme situations, different poetries as conversations across place and time. In its openness to many voices, Poetry and Commitment offers a perspective on poetry in an ever more divided and violent world.
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One of the most gifted and unique poets writing in America today, Adrienne Rich's work has come to define the revolutionary spirit that exists within us all. In this book, her most unpredictable and diverse collection to date, readers are again introduced to the vibrant and occasionally violent Rich as she masterfully dissects and reorganizes the events of everyday life. From the incantations of 'Behind the Motel' to the urgency that permeates the title poem, 'Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth' sees one of our finest authors writing at her most lyrical and powerful. Rich was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution of American Letters in 2006.
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In this collection of poems, Adrienne Rich reeturns to the musical influences that encouraged her to start writing poetry at a very young age: music, blues refrains, improvisations and the sound of birdsong. Notes on the Poems. 108p.
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“The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman’s heart and mind in language for everybody—language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . . No one is writing better or more needed verse than this.”—Boston Evening Globe
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In this new collection of poems, acclaimed poet Adrienne Rich confronts dislocations and upheavals in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Throughout these fierce and musical poems, Rich traces the imprint ofpublic crisis upon individual experience: personal lives bent on collective realitis, language itself held to account.
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Anne Bradstreet was one of our earliest feminists and the first true poet in the American colonies. This collection of her extant poetry and prose, scrupulously edited by Jeannine Hensley, has long been the standard edition of Bradstreet's work. Hensley's introduction sketches the poet's life, and Adrienne Rich's foreword offers a sensitive critique of Bradstreet as a person and as a writer. The John Harvard Library edition includes a chronology of Bradstreet's life and an updated bibliography.
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Through journals, letters, dreams, and close readings of the work of many poets, Adrienne Rich reflects on how poetry and politics enter and impinge on American life. This reissue includes a new preface by the author asn well as her post 9/11 'Six meditations in place of a lecture.' Simultaneously poetry anthology, exercise in reflection, social and cultural diagnosis, poet's creed...this is a book of wisdom wrestling with the the transformativeneeds of an emerging new world. Notes, Index. 321p.
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Drawing on her journals, letters, dreams, memories, and careful readings of many poets, the award-winning poet reflects on the influence of literature on American life and politics today. By the author of An Atlas of the Difficult World.
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(1971). 8vo. 1st edition. Some rubbing to cloth with fading to edges. Substantial rubbing and wear to dust jacket with few chips to extremities. VG/VG.
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