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Time's Power: Poems, 1985-1988
     

Time's Power: Poems, 1985-1988

by Adrienne Rich
 

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Time's Power is a new book by a major American poet, and a landmark in a distinguished ongoing career.
For thirty years, Rich's poetry has revealed the individual personal life—sexualities, loves, damages, struggles—as inseparable from a wider social condition, a world with others, in which the empowering of the disempowered is increasingly the source

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Time's Power is a new book by a major American poet, and a landmark in a distinguished ongoing career.
For thirty years, Rich's poetry has revealed the individual personal life—sexualities, loves, damages, struggles—as inseparable from a wider social condition, a world with others, in which the empowering of the disempowered is increasingly the source of human hope. Now her mature vision engages with the power of time itself: memory and its contradictions, the ebb and flow between parents and children, the deaths we all face sooner or later, the meaning of human responsibility in all this.
"Letters in the Family," for example, is written in the voices of three women—from the Spanish Civil War, from a Jewish rescue mission behind Nazi lines, and from present-day Southern Africa. Time's Power shows Rich writing with unprecedented range, complexity, and authority.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her 14th collection, Rich, National Book Award winner ( Diving into the Wreck ), stokes the political passion for which she is well known. But she writes here with a quicker rhythm; the clipped, almost abridged quality of her lines suggests a desire to cut away excess, to distill what is essential: ``we're serious now/about death . . . we're learning to be true/with her
Library Journal
Rich's poetry is always concerned with the struggle to make meaningful connections with other human beings. Here, Rich looks back on an unhealed mother-daughter conflict, a broken friendship, and other past wounds and events from an age when ``We're serious now/ about death we talk to her daily as to a neighbor.'' Though some of the poems are minor, and the style of others episodic and indirect, only one--``A Story''--is obscure and unsatisfying. Overall, the collection is serious, thoughtful, and deeply sensitive, especially to the experience of women. These are poems of introspection and remembrance as well as historical significance; they move from the narrative ``Harper's Ferry'' to pieces that give us the voices of women fighting in Spain's civil war or against apartheid in South Africa. Recommended.-- Bettina Drew, City Coll., CUNY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393305753
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Pages:
58
Product dimensions:
8.12(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.27(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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