Later Poems: Selected and New: 1971–2012

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2013 - Poetry - 530 pages
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The final volume of poems assembled by America’s most powerful and distinctive poetic voice.

In Later Poems: Selected and New 1971–2012, the strong trajectory of the work of one of the most important artists of American letters is on display. This volume brings together a remarkable body of work. Included are Adrienne Rich’s own selections from twelve volumes of published works, including the National Book Award–winning Diving Into the Wreck, An Atlas of the Difficult World, and her most recent volume, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, along with ten powerful new poems, previously uncollected. Among these, “From Strata” is a kind of archaeology of the present day; “Itinerary” searches for an “indefinite future” in a menaced landscape; “For the Young Anarchists” offers a trope of skilled labor for political action; and the haunting voice of “Teethsucking Bird” reminds us of what we have been told to forget. This collection testifies to a monumental career that distinguished American literature in the late twentieth century and will continue to inspire readers for years to come.
  

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Rob Spillman (Editor of Tin House): From Diving Into the Wreck to her very last poems, written when she was eighty-two, Rich's poems burn with precision and passion. Read full review

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I am enjoying this book, which is a gift from my daughter and therefore special because of that. Also, because I have loved Rich's poetry in the past as well as her outstanding "Of Woman Born." I ... Read full review

Contents

Trying to Talk with a Man
3
The Phenomenology ofAnger
18
The Dream ofa Common Language 19741977
33
Upper Broadway
57
Coast to Coast
73
Heroines
91
Frame
105
For the Record
130
Architect
340
Grating
346
Terza Rima
352
Four Short Poems
361
Centaurs Requiem
369
This Evening Lets
378
Transparencies
389
Seven Scenarios
397

A Love Poem
143
Blue Rock
157
Solfeggietto
183
In a Classroom
188
Sleepwalking Next to Death
194
Harpers Ferry
202
An Atlas of the Difficult World
213
That Mouth
234
Darklight
241
What Kind of Times Are These
247
Calle Visión
253
Reversion
260
Then or Now
262
Inscriptions
273
The Art of Translation
291
Char
299
Letters to a Young Poet
306
Seven Skins
313
A Long Conversation
319
Victory
333
Screen Door
403
Voyage to the Denouement
411
In Plain Sight
417
Long After Stevens
423
Unknown Quantity
429
Letters Censored Shredded Returned to Sender or Judged Unfit
435
The University Reopens as the Floods Recede
441
Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth
448
Reading the Iliad As If for the First Time
455
From Sickbed Shores
461
Ballade of the Poverties
472
Winterface
480
Black Locket
484
Itinerary
493
Liberté
500
From Strata
507
Notes on the Poems
513
Acknowledgments
525
192
527
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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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