The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser

The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser

Book - 2005
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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.

Publisher: Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2005
ISBN: 082294247X (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 811.52 RUK
Characteristics: xli, 670 p. ; 25 cm

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