The School Among the Ruins

The School Among the Ruins

Poems 2000-2004

By Adrienne Cecile Rich

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393059830, 120pp.

Publication Date: September 2004

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.

About the Author
Adrienne Rich (1929 2012), author of more than thirty books, was the singular voice of her generation. Her honors included the National Book Foundation 's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Griffin International Lifetime Recognition Award.