Collected Poems: 1950-2012 (Hardcover)

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By Adrienne Rich, Claudia Rankine (Introduction by)
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Rich is a contemporary American classic -- she is accessible, experimental, direct, profound and funny. Her writing is as fine a poetry as exists, while at the same time being approachable. She is exploratory and caustic, a brilliant social critic, and a striking fantasist. Her imagination ranges widely and her intelligence is acute. I would recommend her to almost anyone who is willing to wrestle with the deep complexities of politics, identity, emotion, relationships, language, honesty, and truth. She is a force worth engaging and an excellent place to immerse yourself this summer. — John E.

— From July 2016


Adrienne Rich was the singular voice of her generation and one of our most important American poets. She brought discussions of gender, race, and class to the forefront of poetical discourse, pushing formal boundaries and consistently examining both self and society.

This collected volume traces the evolution of her poetry, from her earliest work, which was formally exact and decorous, to her later work, which became increasingly radical in both its free-verse form and feminist and political content. The entire body of her poetry is on display in this vast volume, including the National Book Award-winning Diving Into the Wreck and her prize-winning Atlas of the Difficult World.

The Collected Poems of Adrienne Rich gathers and memorializes all of her boldly political, formally ambitious, thoughtful, and lucid work, the whole of which makes her one of the most prolific and influential poets of our time.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393285116
ISBN-10: 0393285111
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 21st, 2016
Pages: 1216
Language: English