Arts of the Possible Essays and Conversations

ISBN-10: 0393323129
ISBN-13: 9780393323122
Edition: 2002
Authors: Adrienne Rich
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Description: This is a collection of essays and poems, by Adrienne Rich, that chart America's changing mental, emotional and moral landscape.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

This is a collection of essays and poems, by Adrienne Rich, that chart America's changing mental, emotional and moral landscape.

Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 1929. In 1951 she graduated from Radcliffe College and was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize by W.H. Auden. She began teaching for City College of New York in 1968, and was also a lecturer and adjunct professor at Swarthmore College and Columbia University School of the Arts. She taught in CUNY's basic writing program during the early 1970s. In the 1970s, she started to be active in the women's liberation movement. Her work has been characterized as confrontational, treating women's role in society, racism, and the Vietnam War. In addition to many collections of poetry, she has also written several books of nonfiction prose, such as Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations, What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics, and Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. Her last poetry collection was entitled Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010. She has won numerous literary awards, including the 1986 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the 1992 Poets' Prize, the 1997 Wallace Stevens Award of the Academy of American Poets, the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and the 2006 National Book Foundation Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She has also received the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1974, she refused to receive as an individual the National Book Award for Poetry, instead accepting it on behalf of all silenced women. She also refused the National Medal of Arts in 1997, stating that "I could not accept such an award from President Clinton or this White House because the very meaning of art, as I understand it, is incompatible with the cynical politics of this administration." In 2012, she won the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Poetry Prize. She died from long-term rheumatoid arthritis on March 27, 2012.

Foreword
"When We Dead Awaken": Writing as Re-Vision
Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying
Blood, Bread, and Poetry: The Location of the Poet
Notes toward a Politics of Location
Raya Dunayevskaya's Marx
Why I Refused the National Medal for the Arts
Defying the Space That Separates
Poetry and the Public Sphere
Muriel Rukeyser: Her Vision
Some Questions from the Profession
Interview with Rachel Spence
Arts of the Possible
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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