From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-This entry in the Voice of the Poet series presents archival recordings of Adrienne Rich reading her own poems, which are arranged chronologically. Rich's body of work is accessible to high school students, many of whom will find that her words about friendship, political intolerance in the U.S., and feminism resonate at a personal as well as a literary level. The accompanying booklet includes an introductory essay about Rich's life, authored by series editor J. D. McClatchey, followed by a listing of the recorded poems in the order they play. While the splicing of recording sessions is nicely done, it is clear to listeners that Rich's voice ages. This makes the poet all the more immediate and the poems all the more compelling. Excellent for use in classrooms as well as a necessary purchase for school and public libraries.Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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“She dreamed, famously, of a common language, and that is what she has left us with: language that made what was true, truer; what was small, bigger; what was silent, heard; what was fleeting, eternal.” (New York Times Magazine)
““[Rich’s poems] shine with defiance, fierce commitment, introspection and self-reproach, ‘hunger for clarity’ and ‘sour plum jam,’ majestic coastlines and domestic detail. Here is a poet who knew her own contradictions, determined to depict them accurately, and equally determined that she would not write for herself alone.” (Stephen Burt - San Francisco Chronicle)
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