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Coast To Coast
Culture And Anarchy
For Ethel Rosenberg
For Julia In Nebraska
For Memory
Frame
Grandmothers: 1. Mary Gravely Jones
Grandmothers: 2. Hattie Rice Rich
Grandmothers: 3. Granddaughter
Heroines
The Images
Integrity
Mother-in-law
Rift
The Spirit Of Place
Transit
Turning The Wheel: 1. Location
Turning The Wheel: 2. Burden Baskets
Turning The Wheel: 3. Hohokam
Turning The Wheel: 4. Self-hatred
Turning The Wheel: 5. Particularity
Turning The Wheel: 6. Apparition
Turning The Wheel: 7. Mary Jane Colter, 1904
Turning The Wheel: 8. Turning The Wheel
A Vision (thinking Of Simone Weil)
What Is Possible
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About the Author

Widely read, widely anthologized, widely interviewed and widely taught, Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of the best-known American public intellectuals. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose. Her constellation of honors includes a National Book Award for poetry for Tonight, No Poetry Will Serve, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1994, and a National Book Award for poetry in 1974 for Diving Into the Wreck. That volume, published in 1973, is considered her masterwork. Ms. Rich’s other volumes of poetry include The Dream of a Common Language, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far, An Atlas of the Difficult World, The School Among the Ruins, and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth. Her prose includes the essay collections On Lies, Secrets, and Silence; Blood, Bread, and Poetry; an influential essay, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence,” and the nonfiction book Of Woman Born, which examines the institution of motherhood as a socio-historic construct. In 2006, Rich was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. In 2010, she was honored with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award.
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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (July 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039331037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393310375
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) is an American poet, writer, feminist thinker, and activist in progressive causes. In a career spanning seven decades she wrote and published two dozen volumes of poetry and over a half-dozen of prose. Rich's poetry includes the collections Diving Into the Wreck, The Dream of a Common Language, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far, An Atlas of the Difficult World, The School Among the Ruins, and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth. Her prose work includes the collections On Lies, Secrets, & Silence; Blood, Bread, & Poetry; an influential essay, "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence," and Of Woman Born, a scholarly examination of motherhood as a socio-historic construct. She received the National Book Award for poetry in 1974 for Diving Into the Wreck, and was a finalist an additional three times, in 1956, 1967, and 1991. Other honors include a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1994, the Academy of American Poets' Wallace Stevens Award, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award, and the Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 1997 she turned down the National Medal for the Arts to protest the growing concentration of power in fewer and fewer hands, writing to the NEA that "anyone familiar with my work from the early Sixties on knows that I believe in art's social presence--as breaker of official silences, as voice for those whose voices are disregarded, and as a human birthright."

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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Rich's poetry is really very intense. It tends to undulate between being ethereal and straight-forward. The first poem really impressed me... especially the line "Two women sleeping together have more than sleep to defend." I really recommend this book. It was my first of Rich's work and I've since gotten 3 of her other books and plan on getting more when I finish reading them.
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Lovely - I bought this particular collection because the author's work was highly recommended in books by artist/author/poet Tee Corinne. 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 -"In this collection, Ms. Rich has shown both a deep knowledge of her subject, women, and a fine mastery of her craft, timeless contemporary poetry. Above all, she has not abandoned the struggle of 'trying to live/in a clear-headed tenderness' and translating her efforts into critical signposts for those who follow."--Kansas City Star
"We are in the presence here of a major American poet whose voice at mid-century in her own life is increasingly marked by moral passion."--New York Times Book Review
"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."--Margaret Atwood, New York Times Book Review
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2003
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This book knocks me out. There are poems in here you'll want to commit to memory just to keep her words close to you all of the time. Reading and studying her poetry has made me a smarter woman.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bartleby (scrivner) on October 12, 2013
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But you'll have to be ready to wade through a lot of stuff you may not be interested in to find them.
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