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What Is Found There : Notebooks on Poetry and Politics - Adrienne Rich

What Is Found There

Notebooks on Poetry and Politics

Paperback Published: 17th October 2003
ISBN: 9780393312461
Number Of Pages: 352

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The "impulse to enter, with other humans, through language, into the order and disorder of the world, is poetic at its root as surely as it is political at its root, " writes Adrienne Rich at the beginning of her powerful new prose work. What Is Found There is Rich's response to her impulse as a poet to know poetry fully, to plumb and scale and inhabit it; it is also, profoundly, Rich's attempt to bring poetry into the lives of many kinds of people - out of the academy, away from the literary magazines. In a voice that is generous, bold, and personal, Rich uses the poet's materials - journals and letters, dreams, memories, and close reading of the work of many poets - to reflect on poetry and politics, to consider how they enter and impinge on an American life, and what it means to be a citizen of a fragmented country, part of a people turned inward for safety. Rich acknowledges the cost of this turning: "We have rarely, if ever, known what it is to tremble with fear, to lament, to rage, to praise, to solemnize, to say We have done this, to our sorrow; to say Enough, to say We will, to say We will not. To lay claim to poetry." But she acknowledges hope as well. Speaking to poets, to readers of poetry, to all of us who imagine and desire a humane civil life, Rich lays claim to poetry as an instrument of change, and offers up its possibilities: "I see the life of North American poetry at the end of the century as a pulsing, racing convergence of tributaries - regional, ethnic, racial, social, sexual - that, rising from lost or long-blocked springs, intersect and infuse each other while reaching back to the strengths of their origins."

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"The clear-cyed depth and the visionary stretch of these notes bespeak an irresistible, prophetic intelligence and a huge heart wrestling with the transformative power of poetry up against the needs of an emerging new world.

Jacob and the angel (2003)
Preface (1993)
Woman and birdp. 3
Voices from the airp. 9
"What would we create?"p. 14
Dearest Arturop. 23
"Those two shelves, down there"p. 29
As if your life depended on itp. 33
The space for poetryp. 35
How does a poet put bread on the table?p. 41
The muralistp. 44
The hermit's screamp. 55
A leak in historyp. 73
Someone is writing a poemp. 84
Beginnersp. 91
The real, not the calendar, twenty-first centuryp. 102
"A clearing in the imagination"p. 107
What is an American life?p. 118
"Moment of Proof"p. 124
"History stops for no one"p. 128
The transgressor motherp. 145
A communal poetryp. 164
The distance between language and violencep. 181
Not how to write poetry, but whereforep. 190
"Rotted names"p. 197
A poet's educationp. 206
To invent what we desirep. 214
Format and formp. 217
Tourism and promised landsp. 228
What if?p. 235
Six meditations in place of a lecturep. 251
Notesp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 297
Permissions Acknowledgmentsp. 299
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780393312461
ISBN-10: 0393312461
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.18 x 13.87  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1