- Hardcover: 135 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039448696X
- ISBN-13: 978-0394486963
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,151,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breaking open Hardcover – 1973
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"Breaking Open" does exactly what it claims: Rukeyser cracks the shell. She writes to us of flight, of feminism and of famine, demonstrating her mastery of poetic techniques and her sense of justice. She dares to speak her mind, with beauty and strength.
Rukeyser has influenced modern poets from Adrienne Rich to Sharon Olds. She reinforced the idea that science and art are inextricably linked, and helped set the stage for a healthier kind of feminism. By not downplaying women's traditional roles, while also seeking wholeheartedly what once was viewed as exclusively masculine -- the land of ideas -- Rukeyser remained true to her spirit.