The School Among the Ruins

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The School Among the Ruins

Poems 2000-2004

By Adrienne Cecile Rich

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

Publication Date: September 17, 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.