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Muriel Rukeyser: Selected Poems

Authors: Muriel Rukeyser

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781852249908

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The poetry of Muriel Rukeyser (1913-80) confronts the turbulent currents of modern history as it explores with depth and honesty the realms of politics, sexuality, mythic imagination, technological change and family life.

Rukeyser was a social activist of unwavering commitment, a tireless experimenter who opened fresh forms and fresh subject-matter in modern American poetry, and a writer who was constantly testing her own limits in a life's work of extraordinary scope. She held a visionary belief in the human capacity to create social change through language, and earned an international reputation as a powerful voice against enforced silences of all kind, against the violence of war, poverty and racism.

Edited and introduced by Adrienne Rich, this new selection provides an indispensable introduction to the adventurous and prolific work of one of the most significant and influential American poets of the 20th century.

'One of the most important poets of our time… Her originality, her genius, her courage illuminate our century' – Sharon Olds.

'Muriel Rukeyser loved poetry more than anyone I've ever known. She also believed it could change us, move the world' – Alice Walker.

'Muriel, mother of everyone' – Anne Sexton.

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