What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (Expanded Edition)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages

America's enduring poet of conscience reflects on the proven and potential role of poetry in contemporary politics and life.

Through journals, letters, dreams, and close readings of the work of many poets, Adrienne Rich reflects on how poetry and politics enter and impinge on American life. This expanded edition includes a new preface by the author as well as her post-9/11 "Six Meditations in Place of a Lecture."


Jacob and the angel 2003
Preface 1993
Woman and bird
Voices from the
What would we create?
Dearest Arturo
Those two shelves down there
As if your life depended on
Moment of proof
History stops for no one
The transgressor mother
A communal poetry
The distance between language and violence
Not how to write poetry but wherefore
Rotted names
A poets education

The space for poetry
How does a poet put bread on the table?
The muralist
The hermits scream
A leak in history
Someone is writing a poem
The real not the calendar twentyfirst century
A clearing in the imagination
What is an American life?
To invent what we desire
Format and form
Tourism and promised lands
Six meditations in place of a lecture
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About the author (2003)

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was an award-winning poet, influential essayist, radical feminist, and major public intellectual of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry, including the National Book Award–winning Diving into the Wreck, and more than a half-dozen of prose.

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