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The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977 Paperback – April 17, 1993
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I connected deeply to her messages, the words she wrote when I was a teen, might as well have been written right in the here and now. A lone tear slid down my face as I read about a woman in her 40's, like me, who was dying, not like me, who had a friend, like me, who wasn't sure how to support her in her time of need, universal.
I have experienced a lot of loss this year. The poetry of Adrienne Rich reached into my heart and let me express it more.
Isn't that what good poetry is supposed to be? A catalyst to awakening, cathartic, enriching?
Rich writes of power, female power.
She writes a poem about Paula Becker and Clara Westhoff (bride to Rainer Rilke, another favorite poet of mine.)
My favorite is "Transcendent Etude" which is, indeed, transcendent.
"No one ever told us we had to study our lives, make our lives a study..."
Study these poems and dive deeper into your life. You will not regret it.
I'll tell you I am not a poetry person by nature but this collection of poems in amazing.
There is one about a woman with breast cancer that I must have read 10 times over it's just gut wretching, stabs you right in the heart.
Even if you normally wouldn't pick up poetry - try this. You won't be disappointed. There really are no words that I can think of besides amazing to describe it.
I was impressed.
I figured it was a not to be missed book and so it is.
The only thing missing from this slender volume, that I find is often illuminating, is an introduction or afterward from the author.
From the publisher's website - One of our country's most distinguished poets, Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore in l929. Over the last forty years she has published more than sixteen volumes of poetry and four books of nonfiction prose. Rich's work has achieved international recognition and has been translated into German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Hebrew, Greek, Italian, and Japanese. She has received numerous awards, fellowships, and prizes, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Lenore Marshall/Nation Prize for Poetry, the Fund for Human Dignity Award of the National Gay Task Force, the Lambda Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the National Book Award, the Poet's Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, and, most recently, the Dorothea Tanning Prize of the Academy of American Poets and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2000). Since l984 she has lived in California.
"Rich's poems do not demand the willing suspension of disbelief. They demand belief, and it is a measure of her success as a poet that most of the time they get it. . . . The affirmation and the occasional moments of pure joy in these poems are quiet but fully earned.Read more ›
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It would be difficult for any woman not to identify with this poetry. Just beautiful poetry that speaks to the soul. Nothing about this collection feels contrived.Published 13 months ago by Ivy Lane
I gave it to my niece for Christmas. Wonderful images in her poetry.
I recommend it if you love poetry.
This is a skinny little book of free verse, not rhyming poetry. I ordered it after reading "Wild", which I quite enjoyed. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by JH