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Dream of a Common Language Poems, 1974-1977

ISBN-10: 0393346005

ISBN-13: 9780393346008

Edition: N/A

Authors: Adrienne Rich

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“The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman’s heart and mind in language for everybody—language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . . No one is writing better or more needed verse than this.”—Boston Evening Globe
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List price: $15.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

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.

Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev
Origins and History of Consciousness
To a Poet
Cartographies of Silence
The Lioness
Twenty-One Love Poems
Wherever in this city, screens flicker
I wake up in your bed. I know I have been dreaming
Since we're not young, weeks have to do time
I come home from you through the early light of spring
This apartment full of books could crack open
Your small hands, precisely equal to my own
What kind of beast would turn its life into words
I can see myself years back at Sunion
Your silence today is a pond where drowned things live
Your dog, tranquil and innocent, dozes through
Every peak is a crater. This is the law of volcanoes
Sleeping, turning in turn like planets
The rules break like a thermometer
It was your vision of the pilot
(The Floating Poem, Unnumbered)
If I lay on that beach with you
Across a city from you, I'm with you
No one's fated or doomed to love anyone
Rain on the West Side Highway
Can it be growing colder when I begin
That conversation we were always on the edge
The dark lintels, the blue and foreign stones
Not Somewhere Else, But Here
Not Somewhere Else, but Here
Upper Broadway
Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff
Nights and Days
Sibling Mysteries
A Woman Dead in Her Forties
Natural Resources
Toward the Solstice
Transcendental Etude