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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 89 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1St Edition edition (January 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393079678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393079678
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rich writes, “I believe almost everything I know, have come to understand, is somewhere in this book.” The critically acclaimed poet of 30 books of poetry and prose fills her latest retrospective collection with poems that express an intimate understanding of life, death, and resilience with recurring images of ice, blood, and bodies. The opening poem, “Waiting for Rain, for Music,” dives in with “waiting for tomorrow / long after tomorrow / should’ve come.” This motif of regret builds to resignation in “From Sickbed Shores,” the book’s central poem, which asks, “what is it anyway to exist as / matter to / matter?” While writing of chronic illness, Rich offers wordplay redolent of her caustic wit and black humor and reminiscent of Plath. “Ballade of the Poverties,” a Prévert-like poem deviating in style from the book’s short-line, at times difficult, poems, speaks to timeless themes of injustice and ignorance and ends with the narrator offering the reader a mirror. Rich’s poetry itself is a mirror, reflecting the truths about humanity this discerning poet has come to understand. --Katharine Fronk


“Rich is one of the greatest American poets of the past half century...attested to both by the extraordinary power of her poems and by the laurels she's racked up.... the events of our blood-dimmed decade have afforded Rich a subject for some of her strongest material.” (Sara Marcus - San Francisco Chronicle)

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I read this quickly. Enjoyed her brilliance - her militant stand - a powerful voice gave me a taste of her writings and I will read it again. Thank you Adrienne Rich for your poetry - it makes my own words seem childlike & tinny.
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Rich here is experimental, amazing, inspirational, and difficult, for those interested in living politically aware in our era of greed. Rich still writes in a fragmented style and still thinks through emotion and ideas at the same time. While the title says No Poetry Will Serve, here poetry's power expresses, enlightens and acts as a balm (through insight and inventive zest). There are some weaker sections. For those who have not read Rich recently, Midnight Salvage (1995) and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth (2007) are stronger collections, and maybe more helpful in understanding her point of view.
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