New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811221061, 61pp.
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
"Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest." -- Muriel Rukeyser, "Elegy in Joy"
First published by New Directions in 1949, Muriel Rukeyser's Elegies were written over a seven years period the end of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the beginnings of the Cold War. Both and homage to Rilke's Duino Elegies and a spiritual reckoning that is particularly resonant today, these poems present no angelic orders, only the difficulties of living in the modern world, the depths of shipwreck, and "Love that gives us ourselves, in the world known to all."