Later Poems: Selected and New: 1971-2012
  • Later Poems: Selected and New: 1971-2012
  • Later Poems: Selected and New: 1971-2012

Later Poems: Selected and New: 1971-2012

by Adrienne Rich
     
 

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The final volume of poems assembled by America’s most powerful and distinctive poetic voice.

In Later Poems: Selected and New 1971–2012, the strong trajectory of the work of one of the most important artists of American letters is on display. This volume brings together a remarkable body of work. Included are Adrienne Rich’s own

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The final volume of poems assembled by America’s most powerful and distinctive poetic voice.

In Later Poems: Selected and New 1971–2012, the strong trajectory of the work of one of the most important artists of American letters is on display. This volume brings together a remarkable body of work. Included are Adrienne Rich’s own selections from twelve volumes of published works, including the National Book Award–winning Diving Into the Wreck, An Atlas of the Difficult World, and her most recent volume, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, along with ten powerful new poems, previously uncollected. Among these, “From Strata” is a kind of archaeology of the present day; “Itinerary” searches for an “indefinite future” in a menaced landscape; “For the Young Anarchists” offers a trope of skilled labor for political action; and the haunting voice of “Teethsucking Bird” reminds us of what we have been told to forget. This collection testifies to a monumental career that distinguished American literature in the late twentieth century and will continue to inspire readers for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen Burt - San Francisco Chronicle
““[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.”
New York Times Magazine
“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393239812
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
File size:
543 KB

Meet 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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