The School among the Ruins: Poems, 2000-2004

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"Trust Rich, a clarion poet of conscience, to get the fractured timbre of the times just right."—Booklist, starred review
In this new collection Adrienne Rich confronts dislocations and upheavals in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The title poem, in a young schoolteacher's voice, evokes the lessons that children ("Not of course here") learn amid violence and hatred, "when the whole town flinches / blood on the undersole thickening to glass." "Usonian Journals 2000" intercuts faces ...

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Overview

"Trust Rich, a clarion poet of conscience, to get the fractured timbre of the times just right."—Booklist, starred review
In this new collection Adrienne Rich confronts dislocations and upheavals in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The title poem, in a young schoolteacher's voice, evokes the lessons that children ("Not of course here") learn amid violence and hatred, "when the whole town flinches / blood on the undersole thickening to glass." "Usonian Journals 2000" intercuts faces and conversations, building to a dystopic/utopic vision. Throughout these fierce and musical poems, Rich traces the imprint of a public crisis on individual experience: personal lives bent by collective realities, language itself held to account.

Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

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Library Journal
Art and conviction have always mixed well in Rich's work-which is some accomplishment-but her recent Fox: Poems 1999-2000 seemed perhaps a bit mellower. With her newest collection, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, she's back in fighting form, decrying the "school among the ruins" in Baghdad and other calamities of the 21st century. (LJ 9/1/05) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393327557
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/17/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 1,032,994
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Centaur's requiem 15
Equinox 16
Tell me 18
For June, in the year 2001 20
The school among the ruins 22
This evening let's 26
Variations on lines from a Canadian poet 29
Delivered clean 30
The eye 32
There is no one story and one story only 33
USonian journals 2000 35
Territory shared
Address 47
Transparencies 49
Livresque 51
Collaborations 52
Ritual acts 56
Point in time 62
Alternating current
Sometimes I'm back in that city 65
No bad dreams : night, the bed, the faint clockface 66
Take one, take two 67
What's suffered in laughter in aroused afternoons 68
A deluxe blending machine 69
As finally by wind or grass 70
When we are shaken out 71
Memorize this 75
The painter's house 77
After Apollinaire & Brassens 78
Slashes 79
Trace elements 80
Bract 82
Dislocation : seven scenarios
1 Still learning the word 85
2 In a vast dystopic space the small things 86
3 City and world : this infection drinks like a drinker 87
4 For recalcitrancy of attitude 88
5 Faces in the mesh : defiance or disdain 89
6 Not to get up and go back to the drafting table 90
7 Tonight someone will sleep in a stripped apartment 91
Five o'clock, January 2003 95
Wait 97
Don't take me 98
To have written the truth 99
Screen door 100
Tendril 101
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