Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972

Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972

by Adrienne Rich


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In her seventh volume of poetry, Adrienne Rich searches to reclaim—to discover—what has been forgotten, lost, or unexplored.

"I came to explore the wreck. / The words are purposes. / The words are maps. / I came to see the damage that was done / and the treasures that prevail." These provocative poems move with the power of Rich's distinctive voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393346015
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 300,729
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About 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 two National Book Awards, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, and a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. Ms. Rich’s 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 2010, she was honored with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award.

Table of Contents

I Trying to Talk with a Man 3

When We Dead Awaken 5

Waking in the Dark 7

Incipience 11

After Twenty Years 13

The Mirror in Which Two Are Seen As One 14

From the Prison House 17

The Stranger 19

Song 20

Dialogue 21

Diving into the Wreck 22

II The Phenomenology of Anger 27

III Merced 35

A Primary Ground 38

Translations 40

Living in the Cave 42

The Ninth Symphony of Beethoven Understood At Last As a Sexual Message 43

Rape 44

Burning Oneself In 46

Burning Oneself Out 47

For a Sister 48

For the Dead 49

From a Survivor 50

August 51

IV Meditations for a Savage Child 55

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Diving into the Wreck: Poems, 1971-1972 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
evie_eris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easily my favorite single poetry volume
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