By Adrienne Rich
Greater than two hundred poems accrued from Adrienne Rich's first six books, plus a dozen others of these decades.
From their first book, while wealthy was once twenty-one, within the prestigious Yale more youthful Poets sequence, the successive volumes of her poetry have either charted the expansion of her personal brain and imaginative and prescient and reflected our tempestuous, unsettled age. Her unmistakable voice, talking even from the earliest poems with infrequent coverage and precision, wrestles with pressing questions whereas by no means failing to discover new poetic territory.
In Collected Early Poems, readers will once more endure witness to Rich's effective statement of the centrality of poetry in our intertwined own and political lives.
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Here at zero his name zeroes. Things and the ghost-characters of things in sexual embrace. The odalisque asleep by the inkwell. 43 POEM So I went out into the nervous system of the air — Bearing beneath my lettrist overcoat my village The monumental city long ago breathed in And held Went out into the signal and static— Rivermutter steeplebell and traffic — net of noise Knotted by sirens Into the brutal red dream Of the collective — humming there behind the parade Of the ideal citizen— in which I took my place Saint of the negative in my velvet suit My howlings pressing outward against the million Other howlings — the deformed din of the i-am So you see the net drawing close — the false escape Of recollection How my unhausmannized town 44 Within a town was myth below the shadows of the new Towers reaching after the breathlimit — And there was no way not to be during — architecture And violence are the natural language of crowds — 45 APORIA Peoria!
How long have we been discussing whether we are a part Of what passes by, and at what point did that become The main conversation, replacing the summer, our cadastral survey Of its many crowded quarters, its tuned suburbs and departments, Its way of being a different sort of parade, The kind which can be conveniently depicted with a spectrum? Paint samples from Jane’s Hardware will do in a pinch. Already the fete is erasing itself from the popular memory Like exploding instructions, leaving stained confetti as a reminder You were supposed to get something done.
It gathered in the dead spaces beside the endlessly grieving stream. Of milk jizz and sang in the time of garbage in the vale of lang. The shining order the burning simulations there are more of it. 27 LETTERS AND SODAS There had been so much to talk about As to set the rest in relief, beaming shyly after an era of being null. Would it appear here, making its way Unhurriedly through the museum barefoot? Or in a more tawdry form, A huge face peering from the glass frontage Of one of those new buildings?
Collected Early Poems: 1950-1970 by Adrienne Rich