The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004
- Sales Rank:1,063,915
- Format:Kindle eBook
- Language:English (Published)
- Media:Kindle Edition
- Publication Date:January 17, 2006
"Trust Rich, a clarion poet of conscience, to get the fractured timbre of the times just right."--Booklist, starred review
In this new collection Adrienne Rich confronts dislocations and upheavals in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The title poem, in a young schoolteacher's voice, evokes the lessons that children ("Not of course here") learn amid violence and hatred, "when the whole town flinches / blood on the undersole thickening to glass." "Usonian Journals 2000" intercuts faces and conversations, building to a dystopic/utopic vision. Throughout these fierce and musical poems, Rich traces the imprint of a public crisis on individual experience: personal lives bent by collective realities, language itself held to account.
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