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(aka Adrienne Cecile Rich)
[1929 - ]
Over more than three decades Adrienne Rich’s essays have been praised
for their lucidity, courage, and range of concerns. In A Human Eye,
Rich examines a diverse selection of writings and their place in past
and present social disorders and transformations. Beyond literary
theories, she explores from many angles how the arts of language have
acted on and been shaped by their creators’ worlds.|
This powerful new collection includes a stirring response to the
anthology Iraqi Poetry Today, a critique of three classic
socialist manifestos, and a rereading of The Dead Lecturer, an
early volume of poems by LeRoi Jones. Rich engages the impulse to make
art that both impels toward and interacts with social change, a theme
she also traces through the letters of poets Robert Duncan and Denise
Levertov, gay and lesbian politics and poetry, and influential texts on
Zionism and the Jewish diaspora.
Poetry and Commitment: An Essay
With passion, critical questioning, and humor, 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.
Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations
These essays trace a distinguished writer's engagement with her time,
her arguments with herself and others. "I am a poet who knows the social
power of poetry, a United States citizen who knows herself irrevocably
tangled in her society's hopes, arrogance, and despair," Adrienne Rich
writes. The essays in Arts of the Possible search for
possibilities beyond a compromised, degraded system, seeking to imagine
something else. They call on the fluidity of the imagination, from
poetic vision to social justice, from the badlands of political
demoralization to an art that might wound, that may open scars when
engaged in its work, but will finally suture and not tear apart. This
volume collects Rich's essays from the last decade of the twentieth
century, including four earlier essays, as well as several conversations
that go further than the usual interview. Also included is her essay
explaining her reasons for declining the National Medal for the Arts.
The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004
(2004) -- Finalist, 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry
In this new collection Adrienne Rich confronts dislocations and
upheavals in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The title poem, in a young schoolteacher's voice, evokes the lessons that
children ("Not of course here") learn amid violence and hatred, "when the
whole town flinches / blood on the undersole thickening to glass." "Usonian
Journals 2000" intercuts faces and conversations, building to a dystopic/utopic
vision. Throughout these fierce and musical poems, Rich traces the imprint of
a public crisis on individual experience: personal lives bent by collective
realities, language itself held to account.
Fox: Poems 1998-2000
(2001) -- Winner, 2001 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry
In this volume, Adrienne Rich pursues her signature themes and takes
them further: the discourse between poetry and history, interlocutions
within and across gender, dialogues between poets and visual artists,
human damages and dignity, and the persistence of utopian visions. Here
Rich continues taking the temperature of mind and body in her time in an
intimate and yet commanding voice that resonates long after an initial
reading. Fox is formidable and moving, fierce and passionate, and
one of Rich's most powerful works to date.
Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998
"Look: with all my fear I'm here with you, trying what it means, to
stand fast; what it means to move."
In these astonishing new poems, Adrienne Rich dares to look and to
extend her poetic language as witness to the treasures--the midnight
salvage--we rescue from fear and fragmentation. Rich's work has long
challenged social plausibilities built on violence and demoralizing
power. In Midnight Salvage, she continues her explorations at the end of
the century, trying, as she has said, "to face the terrible with hope,
in language as complex as necessary, as communicative as possible--a
poetics which can work as antidote to complacency, self-involvement, and
despair. I have wanted to assume a theater of voices rather than the
restricted I. To write for both readers I know exist and those I can
only imagine, finding their own salvaged beauty as I have found mine."
Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995
(1995) -- Winner, 1995 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry
"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 men
and women, the dead and the living, over time and across continents.
Rich writes out of conversations actual and imaginary, actions taken for
better or for worse, out of histories and songs, humdrum and terrible
events, out of the most intimate loves and love for the world. Through
these poems, she extends the poet's reach of witness and power of
connection, and invites the reader-listener to participate.
The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001, New Edition
A reissue of the classic Adrienne Rich selection, revised and expanded
to cover the entirety of her career, with a new Introduction.
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).
What Is Found There
/ An Atlas of the Difficult World / The Fact of a Doorframe
Collected Early Poems: 1950-1970
National Book Award finalist Adrienne Rich (An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991)
is unequaled among living poets for her success in reclaiming serious poetry
from scholars and returning it to the lives of general readers. Collected here
for the first time are more than 200 poems: all those in her first six books
plus a dozen others.
The Dream of a Common Language: Poems, 1974-1977
This collection of poems from 1974 to 1977 is written by one of
America's most successful and most moving modern poets. By the author of
An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991.
An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991
(1991) -- Winner, 1991 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry
In this, her thirteenth book of verse, the author of "The Dream of a
Common Language" and "Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law" writes of war,
oppression, the future, death, mystery, love and the magic of poetry.
Time's Power: Poems, 1985-1988
For 30 years, Rich's poetry has revealed the individual personal
life--sexualities, loves, damages, struggles--as inseparable from a
wider social condition, a world with others, in which the empowering of
the disempowered is increasingly the source of hope. Time's Power
shows Rich writing with unprecedented range, complexity and authority.
Your Native Land, Your Life: Poems
The book includes two extraordinary longer works: the self-exploratory
"Sources" and "Contradictions—Tracking Poems," an ongoing index of an American
A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems 1978-1981
Selected and New, 1950-1974
Poetry that involves a search to discover and reclaim what has been
lost, forgotten, or unexplored.
Into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972
(1973) -- Winner of the
National Book Award
The Will to Change: Poems 1968-1970
Leaflets: Poems 1965-1968
Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law
Necessities of Life
A Change of World: Poems
Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979 -1985
Through a wide range of poetic pieces, Adrienne Rich explores in this
collection the intricacies of being white, female, lesbian, Jewish, and
a U.S. citizen, both at this time of her life and through the lens of
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978
In this collection of prose writings, one of America's foremost poets
and feminist theorists reflects upon themes that have shaped her life
and work. At issue are the politics of language; the uses of
scholarship; and the topics of racism, history, and motherhood among
others called forth by Rich as "part of the effort to define a female
consciousness which is political, aesthetic, and erotic, and which
refuses to be included or contained in the culture of passivity."
Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose
(1993), Selected and edited by Albert Gelpi and Barbara Charlesworth
This Norton Critical Edition presents the work of one of America's
foremost poets. It moves well beyond the scope of its predecessor,
Adrienne Rich's Poetry (1975), in giving proper recognition to Rich's
extraordinary achievements in both poetry and prose in recent years.
The result is a judiciously edited, sensibly annotated volume ideally
suited for classroom study of one of our most distinguished working
In both poetry and prose, the editors have chosen selections intended to
give readers a clear sense of Rich's evolution and accomplishment. Many
of the poems in this expanded collection are from Rich's five recent
volumes—The Dream of a Common Language (1978), A Wild Patience Has Taken
Me This Far (1981), Your Native Land, Your Life (1986), Time's Power:
Poems 1985-1988 (1989), and An Atlas of the Difficult World (1991).
Prose selections include "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision,"
Rich's canonical statement on feminism; "Compulsory Heterosexuality and
Lesbian Existence," on being a lesbian in a heterosexual world; Rich's
interview for American Poetry Review, which presents a full and frank
discussion of her work; and her previously unpublished commentary on the
genesis of the poem "Yom Kippur 1984."
The editors have also taken into account the many essays on Rich and
reviews of her work that have been published since 1975.
Some earlier biographical selections have been replaced with works that
focus on the quality of Rich's writing and her place in
twentieth-century American literature—not just as a poet, but as a
woman, a lesbian, and a mother.
Criticism includes thirteen reviews and interpretations
of Rich's work by W. H. Auden, John Ashbery, Margaret Atwood, Helen
Vendler, Judith McDaniel, Adrian Oktenberg, Charles Altieri, and Joanna
Feit Diehl, among others.
A second recent study by Albert Gelpi traces the events in Rich's life
from which her work evolves.
An updated Chronology and Selected Bibliography, as well as an expanded
Index, are included.
What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics
America's enduring poet of conscience reflects on the proven and
potential role of poetry in contemporary politics and life.
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 expanded edition includes a new preface
by the author as well as her post-9/11 "Six Meditations in Place of a
The Meaning of Our Love for Women Is What We Have Constantly to Expand
Adrienne Rich's Poetry
Albert Gelpi and Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi, eds.
Texts of the poems, the poet on her work, and reviews and criticism
An article from: Contemporary Authors Online by Gale Reference Team,
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Biography - Adrienne Rich
(2005) by Amy Sickels
Adrienne Rich: The Moment of Change
(2004) by Cheri Colby Langdell
From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born
(2004) by Andrea O'Reilly
The Rhetoric of Self in Robert Bly and Adrienne Rich: Doubling and the Holotropic Urge
(2003) by Paul Wadden
Adrienne Rich: Passion, Politics and the Body
(1998) by Liz Yorke
Fashioning the Female Subject: The Intertextual Networking of Dickinson, Moore, and Rich
(1997) by Sabine Sielke
Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, and Adrienne Rich
(1995) by Krista Ratcliffe
The Dream and the Dialogue: Adrienne Rich's Feminist Poetics
My Life a Loaded Gun: Dickinson, Plath, Rich, and Female Creativity
by Paula Bennett
The Aesthetics of Power: The Poetry of Adrienne Rich
(1986) by Claire
Reading Adrienne Rich: Reviews and Re-Visions, 1951-81
(1984) by Jane Roberta Cooper
This collection celebrates and interprets the work of poet and feminist
theorist Adrienne Rich, whose work has been instrumental in shaping the
women's movement over the last few decades. These essays and reviews trace the
changes in Rich's poetry and politics, concentrating on the women's
explorations that are at the heart of her work.
An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich
(1984) by Wendy Martin
Women of Ideas and What Men Have Done to Them: From Aphra Behn to Adrienne Rich
(1982) by Dale Spender
'I say I am there': Female poetics and identity in Adrienne Rich
(1981) by Mary Moore
Five Temperaments: Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery
(1977) by David Kalstone
The Other Voice: Twentieth-Century Women's Poetry in Translation
(1976) by Joanna Bankier
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