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Adrienne Rich (Voice of the Poet) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Voice of the Poet
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; First Thus Used edition (March 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553714899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553714890
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the last selection of poetry available made by Adrienne Rich herself. As a committed humanitarian, able to convey her commitments through amazing sounds and rhythms, she is an amazing poet and human being. This is a good introduction to her poetical works (she's got some great books of prose, also.)
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This volume has been my evening reading for several months now. The pieces selected for this volume are a diverse collection that show Adrienne Rich maturing from the promise exhibited in "The Fact Of A Doorframe" collection.

The mix of pieces varying in length, content, and lyric voices in "Later Poems" makes this one of those books that you can pick up and always find a piece that will speak, in Rich's unique combination of strength of imagery and clarity of vision, to some aspect of your life.

Couple this volume with "The Fact Of A Doorframe" to have at hand a concise yet comprehensive gathering of mile markers from a life that was dedicated to maintaining searing and unflinching vision and speaking with equal clarity the conclusions this richly gifted poet drew from what she saw.
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Adrienne Rich was a craftsman of words. Her poems, not so well known perhaps as those of her friend
Elizabeth Bishop or Marianne Moore, but fill an important niche in the history of American literature,
richly rewarding to her readers.
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