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Muriel Rukeyser

Selected Poems: (American Poets Project #9)

Muriel Rukeyser


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The poetry of Muriel Rukeyser confronts the turbulent currents of 20th-century history, as it explores with depth and honesty the realms of politics, sexuality, mythic imagination, technological change, and family life. She was a social activist of unwavering commitment, a tireless experimenter who opened fresh forms and fresh subject matter in modern American poetry, and a writer who was constantly testing her own limits in a life’s work of extraordinary scope.

“She refused to compartmentalize herself or her work,” writes editor Adrienne Rich, “claiming her right to intellect and sexuality, poetry and science, Marxism and myth, activism and motherhood, theory and vision. . . . She was one of the great integrators, seeing the fragmentary world of modernity not as irretrievably broken, but in need of societal and emotional repair.” This new selection provides an indispensable introduction to her adventurous and prolific work.

About the American Poets Project
Elegantly designed in compact editions, printed on acid-free paper, and textually authoritative, the American Poets Project makes available the full range of the American poetic accomplishment, selected and introduced by today’s most discerning poets and critics.

Library of America, 9781931082587, 230pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2004

About the Author

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) published nearly twenty volumes of poetry include Fox: Poems 1998–2000Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995–1998; and Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991–1995. She has received the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, and the National Book Award, among other honors.