Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser

ISBN-10: 0822959240

ISBN-13: 9780822959243

Edition: 2006

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Muriel Rukeyser held a visionary belief in the human capacity to create social change through language. She earned an international reputation as a powerful voice against enforced silences of all kind, against the violence of war, poverty, and racism. Her eloquent poetry of witness-of the Scottsboro Nine, the Spanish Civil War, the poisoning of the Gauley Bridge laborers-split the darkness covering a shameful world. In addition to the complete texts of her twelve previously published books, this volume also features new poems discovered by the editors; Rukeyser's translations, including the first English translations of Octavio Paz's work; early work by Rukeyser not previously published in book form; and the controversial book-length poem Wake Island. An introduction by the editors traces Rukeyser's life and literary reputation and complements discerning annotations and textual notes to the poems.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 5/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 712
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.552
Language: English

Janet Kaufman is Associate Professor at the University of Utah, where she teaches English and Children's Literature, and directs the English Education program. She is the coauthor of "How Shall We Tell Each Other of the Poet?": The Life and Writing of Muriel Rukeyser and The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser. She lives with her family in Salt Lake City.

Editors' Notes
Theory of Flight (1935)
Poem Out of Childhood
Poem Out of Childhood
Song for Dead Children
In a Dark House
Effort at Speech between Two People
Notes for a Poem
Tradition of This Acre
Ritual of Blessing
Wooden Spring
Letter, Unposted
Sand-Quarry with Moving Figures
Wedding Presents
Three Sides of a Coin
Breathing Landscape
Four in a Family
This House, This Country
Theory of Flight
The Gyroscope
The Lynchings of Jesus
Passage to Godhead
The Committee-Room
The Trial
The Tunnel
The Structure of the Plane
The Structure of the Plane
The Strike
The Lover
Night Flight: New York
Theory of Flight
The Blood Is Justified
For Memory
Life and Works
Holy Dying
Ritual for Death
City of Monuments
Study in a Late Subway
Child and Mother
Eccentric Motion
Sundays, They Sleep Late
Thousands of Days
The Surrounded
Metaphor to Action
Citation for Horace Gregory
Cats and a Cock
The Blood Is Justified
U.S. 1 (1938)
The Book of the Dead
The Road
West Virginia
Statement: Phillippa Allen
Gauley Bridge
The Face of the Dam: Vivian Jones
Praise of the Committee
Mearl Blankenship
The Disease
George Robinson: Blues
Juanita Tinsley
The Doctors
The Cornfield
Arthur Peyton
The Dam
The Disease: After-Effects
The Bill
The Book of the Dead
A Flashing Cliff
Girl at the Play
Burning Bush
Homage to Literature
The Handclap
In Hades, Orpheus
The Drowning Young Man
Boy with His Hair Cut Short
More of a Corpse than a Woman
Three Black Women
Time Exposures
The Child Asleep
Adventures, Midnight
Lover as Fox
Woman and Emblems
Woman and Bird
The Birthday
Woman and Music
Two Voyages
The Cruise
A Turning Wind (1939)
Moment of Proof
Reading Time: 1 Minute 26 Seconds
Song, the Brain-Coral
Target Practice
Landing at Liverpool
The Island
Nuns in the Wind
For Fun
Democritus Laughed
Tree of Days
Seventh Avenue
The Shortest Way Home
Palos Verdes Cliffs
Paper Anniversary
From the Duck-Pond to the Carousel
Asylum Song
The Victims, a Play for the Home
M-Day's Child
Speech for the Assistant, from Houdini
"The risen image shines, its force escapes, we are all named"
Ann Burlak
Wake Island (1942)
Beast in View (1944)
One Soldier
Beast in View
The Journey
The Cave
Les Tendresses Bestiales
Black Blood
The Broken World
Mortal Girl
Child in the Great Wood
The Meeting
The Key
Darkness Music
Shooting Gallery
Suicide Blues
Wreath of Women
Madboy's Song
Drunken Girl
Love and Its Doors and Windows
The Minotaur
Holy Family
Who in One Lifetime
from "To the Unborn Child"
Leg in a Plaster Cast
Bubble of Air
Sea Mercy
Long Past Moncada
Chapultepec Park-1
Chapultepec Park-2
A Game of Ball
Gold Leaf
All Souls
Evening Plaza, San Miguel
Beast in View
Letter to the Front
"Women and poets see the truth arrive"
"Even during war, moments of delicate peace"
"They called us to a change of heart"
"Much later, I lie in a white seaport night"
"Home thoughts from home; we read you every day"
"To be a Jew in the twentieth century"
"Evening, bringing me out of the government building"
"Among all the waste there are the intense stories"
"Surely it is time for the true grace of women"
The Soul and Body of John Brown
The Green Wave (1948)
"Let poems and bodies love and be given to air"
Water Night
Eyes of Night-Time
This Place in the Ways
Song, from "Mr. Amazeen on the River"
Cloud, Airs, Carried Me Away
His Head Is Full of Faces
Mrs. Walpurga
A Certain Music
The Motive of All of It
Green Limits
The Children's Orchard
Christmas Eve
Crayon House
A Charm for Cantinflas
Traditional Tune
Foghorn in Horror
Summer, the Sacramento
Speech of the Mother, from The Middle of the Air
Then I Saw What the Calling Was
Translations: Six Poems by Octavio Paz
The Bird
Poet's Epitaph
Two Bodies
The Street
Rari from the Marquesas
Rari for Tahia and Piu
Rari for O'Otua
A True Confession
Careful of the Day
Rari for Hepuheku
Rari to Encourage Youth
Rari, to Be Bothered by Mosquitoes
Not Before I Fall Asleep
Easter Eve 1945
Easter Eve 1945
Private Life of the Sphinx
Nine Poems for the unborn child
Orpheus (1949)
Elegies (1949)
First Elegy. Rotten Lake
Second Elegy. Age of Magicians
Third Elegy. The Fear of Form
Fourth Elegy. The Refugees
Fifth Elegy. A Turning Wind
Sixth Elegy. River Elegy
Seventh Elegy. Dream-Singing Elegy
Eighth Elegy. Children's Elegy
Ninth Elegy. The Antagonists
Tenth Elegy. Elegy in Joy
Body of Waking (1958)
Haying Before Storm
The Young Girl of the Mississippi Valley
A Birth
King's Mountain
Mother Garden's Round
After Their Quarrel
Night Feeding
The Return
Unborn Song
The Two Illuminations
Exile of Music
On the Death of Her Mother
"Make and be eaten, the poet says"
Hero Speech
The Watchers
A Ballad Theme
Asleep and Awake
Of Money. And the Past
"Long enough. Long enough"
The Loan
Pouring Milk Away
Children, the Sandbar, that Summer
Born in December
The Sixth Night: Waking
Nevertheless the Moon
Speed, We Say
The Birth of Venus
The Place at Alert Bay
Voices of Waking
Divining Water
Translations: Octavio Paz
"The hand of day opens"
"At daybreak go looking for your newborn name"
"In her splendor islanded"
"Like ivy the creeper with a thousand hands"
Life of the Poet
The Prisoner
from Sun Stone
Suite for Lord Timothy Dexter
"They face us in sea-noon sun, just as he saw them waiting"
How to Impress Massachusetts
Three Nights I Dreamed
Kings and Contemporaries
The Pickle, the Temple
The Kind of Woman
Guessing Time
Are You Born?-I
"Murmurs from the earth of this land, from the caves and craters"
"The tree of rivers seen and forgotten"
"The power of war leads to a plan of lives"
"A tree of rivers flowing through our lives"
"The sea has opened, the limit of his dream"
"In the last hour of night, a zebra racing dawn"
Fields Where We Slept
Portrait of a Man, with a Background of Holdings
"A red bridge fastening this city to the forest"
"Power never dominion"
"The sky is as black as it was when you lay down"
"On your journey you will come to a time of waking"
"This is the net of begetting and belief"
Body of Waking
"Sounds of night in the country of the opposites"
Willkie in The Gulliver
"Then full awake you will recognize the voice"
"In your time, there have been those who spoke clearly"
He Had a Quality of Growth
Are You Born?-2
Waterlily Fire (1962)
The Speaking Tree
To Enter That Rhythm Where the Self Is Lost
For a Mexican Painter
A Song of Another Tribe
Waterlily Fire
The Burning
The Island
Journey Changes
The Long Body
The Speed of Darkness (1968)
The Poem as Mask
What Do I Give You?
The Transgress
The Conjugation of the Paramecium
Junk-Heap at Murano
In Our Time
Double Dialogue
Homage to Robert Frost
The Six Canons
The Overthrow of One O'Clock at Night
Among Roses
What I See
Believing in Those Inexorable Laws
Song: Love in Whose Rich Honor
Niobe Now
Song: The Star in the Nets of Heaven
Cries from Chiapas
The War Comes into My Room
Delta Poems
Spirals and Fugues
Fighting for Roses
For My Son
The Power of Suicide
The Seeming
Song from Puck Fair
Landscape with Wave Approaching
Segre Song
Bunk Johnson Blowing
Cannibal Bratuscha
What Have You Brought Home from the Wars?
One Month
Silence of Volcanoes
What They Said
A Little Stone in the Middle of the Road, in Florida
The Blue Flower
Woman as Market
Forgetting and Remembering
Word of Mouth
The Return
Word of Mouth
The Backside of the Academy
Mountain: One from Bryant
The Flying Red Horse
The Outer Banks
The Way Out
for the Song of Songs
The Bonds
Akiba Martyr
The Witness
Kathe Kollwitz
"Held between wars"
"Woman as gates, saying"
"Held among wars, watching"
Song: The Calling-Up
The Speed of Darkness
Breaking Open (1973)
Searching / Not Searching
Waking This Morning
What Do We See?
Looking at Each Other
Waiting for Icarus
from City of Paradise
The Question
In Her Burning
More Clues
Searching/Not Searching
"What kind of woman goes searching and searching?"
Miriam: The Red Sea
For Dolci
Brecht's Galileo
Reading the Kieu
The Floor of Ocean
The Artist as Social Critic
The President and the Laser Bomb
Not Searching
The Question
"Searching/not searching. To make closeness"
"What did I see? What did I not see?"
A Simple Experiment
Along History
Boys of These Men Full Speed
All the Little Animals
Two Years
Orange and Grape
Ballad of Orange and Grape
Rock Flow, River Mix
Martin Luther King, Malcolm X
Don Baty, the Draft Resister
Te Hanh: Long-Ago Garden
Welcome from War
Facing Sentencing
Secrets of American Civilization
A Louis Sonnet
After Melville
The Writer
Gradus Ad Parnassum
From a Play: Publisher's Song
In the Night the Sound Woke Us
In the Underworld
Flying to Hanoi
It Is There
The Running of the Grunion
Sacred Lake
Northern Poems
Songs of the Barren Grounds
The Old Days
Inland, Away
I'm Here Again
Not Much Good
My Breath
I Recognize This Song
The Black Ones, the Great Ones
Trout Fishing
How Lovely It is
The Word-Fisher
Stroking Songs
A Girl for a Boy-Stroking Song
The Baby on the Mountain-Stroking Song
The Wiping Moss from the Ruins
Stroking Songs, Childhood Songs
Being Born
Shooting Star
Breaking Open
Burning the Dreams
Death and the Dancer
Rational Man
The Hostages
The Gates (1976)
St. Roach
Double Ode
How We Did It
Blue Spruce
Ms. Lot
Boys in the Branches
Song : Lying in Daylight
Hypnogogic Figure
The Lost Romans
For Kay Boyle
Resurrection of the Right Side
The Wards
The Sun-Artist
Poem White Page White Page Poem
Neruda, the Wine
Before Danger
Song : Remembering Movies
Work, for the Day Is Coming
Parallel Invention
Not to Be Printed, Not to Be Said, Not to Be Thought
Back Tooth
Destruction of Grief
Trinity Churchyard
Burnishing, Oakland
The Iris-Eaters
Slow Death of the Dragon
The Gates
"Waiting to leave all day I hear the words"
"Walking the world to find the poet of these cries"
New Friends
"The Cabinet minister speaks of liberation
"Among the days"
The Church of Galilee
The Dream of Galilee
Mother as Pitchfork
"You grief woman you gave me a scarlet coverlet"
"Air fills with fear and the kinds of fear"
"Long ago, soon after my son's birth"
"For that I cannot name the names"
"Crucified child-is he crucified? he is tortured"
"So I became very dark very large"
"All day the rain"
Cities of the Morning
Autumn in the Garden
The Ballad of the Missing Lines
November Sketches
To a Lady Turning Middle-Aged
Place-Poems: New York
O City
Fourteenth Street
The New School for Social Research
Sheridan Square Conversation
The New Bridge
Park Avenue
College Special
Empire State Tower
"Dear place, sweet home"
For an Aesthete
Pastorale No. 2
A New Poem
An Unborn Poet
Textual Notes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
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