Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2011 - Poetry - 89 pages
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Relationships—partings/reconciliations, solidarities/ruptures, trust/betrayal, exposure/withdrawal—are the deep fabric of this forceful work.

In the intimate address of "Axel Avákar," the black humor of "Quarto," and the underground journey of "Powers of Recuperation," compressed lyrics flash among larger scenarios where images, dialogues, blues, and song spiral into political visions. Adrienne Rich has said, "I believe almost everything I know, have come to understand, is somewhere in this book."

from "Ballade of the Poverties"
     There's the poverty of wages wired for the funeral you
     Can't get to the poverty of bodies lying unburied
     There's the poverty of labor offered silently on the curb
     The poverty of yard sale scrapings spread
     And rejected the poverty of eviction, wedding bed out on street
     Prince let me tell you who will never learn through words
     There are poverties and there are poverties.

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User Review  - Morgan - Goodreads

I loved Quarto and Ballade of the Poverties. Read full review

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User Review  - missy ward-lambert - Goodreads

The Axel Avakar series is my favorite part of this collection. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Adrienne Rich's honors include the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in California.

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