The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001

The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001

by Adrienne Rich

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A reissue of the classic Adrienne Rich selection, revised and expanded to cover the entirety of her career, with a new Introduction.

The Fact of a Doorframe is the ideal introduction to Rich's opus, from her formative lyricism in A Change of Word (1951), to the groundbreaking poems of Diving into the Wreck (1973), to the searching voice of Fox (2001).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393323955
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/18/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,266,597
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(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

from A Change of World (1951)
Storm Warnings3
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers4
At a Bach Concert5
from The Diamond Cutters (1955)
Ideal Landscape9
Living in Sin9
The Snow Queen10
Letter from the Land of Sinners11
from Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963)
from Morning-Glory to Petersburg15
The Knight16
Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law17
Antinous: The Diaries21
Peeling Onions22
The Roofwalker23
Prospective Immigrants Please Note24
From Necessities of Life (1966)
Necessities of Life29
In the Woods31
The Trees33
Like This Together34
Night-Pieces: For a Child36
"I Am in Danger--Sir--"38
Mourning Picture39
The Knot40
From Leaflets (1969)
In the Evening46
The Demon Lover47
Night Watch52
For a Russian Poet53
On Edges57
from Ghazals: Homage to Ghalib63
7/12/68 The clouds are electric in this university63
7/14/68: i In Central Park we talked of our own cowardice63
7/14/68: ii Did you think I was talking about my life?64
7/16/68: i Blacked-out on a wagon, part of my life cut out forever--64
7/16/68: ii When they mow the fields, I see the world reformed65
7/26/68: i Last night you wrote on the wall: Revolution is poetry65
8/1/68 The order of the small town on the riverbank66
8/4/68 If these are letters, they will have to be misread66
8/8/68: i From here on, all of us will be living67
8/8/68: ii A piece of thread ripped-out from a fierce design67
from The Will to Change (1971)
November 196871
Study of History72
The Burning of Paper Instead of Children75
I Dream I'm the Death of Orpheus78
Letters: March 196979
The Stelae83
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning84
from Shooting Script85
from Diving into the Wreck (1973)
Trying to Talk with a Man93
When We Dead Awaken94
From the Prison House96
The Mirror in Which Two Are Seen as One97
Diving into the Wreck101
The Ninth Symphony of Beethoven Understood at Last as a Sexual Message105
Burning Oneself In107
From a Survivor108
Uncollected Poems (1950-1974)
The Prisoners113
At the Jewish New Year113
Dien Bien Phu115
Re-forming the Crystal116
White Night118
from an Old House in America119
The Fact of a Doorframe131
From The Dream of a Common Language (1978)
Cartographies of Silence138
Twenty-One Love Poems143
A Woman Dead in Her Forties154
Natural Resources160
from A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far (1981)
For Memory173
For Ethel Rosenberg174
The Spirit of Place181
from Your Native Land, Your Life (1986)
For the Record193
Virginia 1906194
For an Occupant196
North American Time197
Blue Rock201
from Contradictions: Tracking Poems203
1.Look: this is January203
2.Heart of cold204
3.My mouth hovers204
6.Dear Adrienne: I'm calling you up tonight205
7.Dear Adrienne, I feel signified by pain205
10.Night over the great and the little worlds206
11.I came out of the hospital206
12.Violence as purification207
14.Lately in my dreams207
15.You who think I find words for everything208
18.The problem, unstated till now208
20.The tobacco fields lie fallow209
22.In a bald skull sits our friend209
23.You know the Government must have pushed them210
26.You: air-driven reft210
27.The Tolstoyans211
29.You who think I find words for everything211
from Time's Power (1989)
In a Classroom215
The Novel215
Children Playing Checkers at the Edge of the Forest216
The Desert as Garden of Paradise217
Harpers Ferry225
From An Atlas of the Difficult World (1991)
from An Atlas of the Difficult World233
IA dark woman, head bent233
IIHere is a map of our country235
IVLate summers, early autumns236
VCatch if you can your country's moment237
VII(The dream-site)239
VIIIHe thought there would be a limit239
IXOn this earth, in this life241
XSoledad. = f. Solitude, loneliness242
XIOne night on Monterey Bay243
That Mouth247
Tattered Kaddish249
Final Notations250
from Dark Fields of the Republic (1995)
What Kind of Times Are These253
In Those Years253
Calle Vision254
Then or Now261
Food Packages: 1947261
Innocence: 1945261
Sunset, December, 1993262
And Now264
Late Ghazal264
from Inscriptions265
From Midnight Salvage (1999)
For an Anniversary275
Midnight Salvage275
Letters to a Young Poet282
Camino Real286
Seven Skins288
Rusted Legacy292
from Fox (2001)
Veterans Day297
Noctilucent Clouds305
If Your Name Is on the List306
Four Short Poems308
1(driving home from Robin Blaser's reading)308
2We're not yet out of the everglades308
3Beethoven's "Appassionata" played309
4From the new crudities, from the old309
Ends of the Earth310

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