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What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politicsby Adrienne Rich
Synopses & Reviews
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."
Book News Annotation:
In 29 essays Rich explores what poets do to politics and what politics does to poets. She begins by struggling along with a sculptural Jacob in the embrace of an angel, and ends with the new "Six meditations in place of a lecture" in which she struggles with the existence and purpose of poetry in a post-9/11 world. Along the way she shares her reactions to things of the world in her letters, journal entries, and close readings of dozens of writers also reacting to things of the world, past and present. She finds poetry imbues politics, not as an immediate political function with a foreseeable or desired result, but as part of a nobler effort to touch the hearts and minds of other humans, political and otherwise through language as we all struggle with our particular political angels.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
America's enduring poet of conscience reflects on the proven and potential role of poetry in contemporary politics and life.
One of our greatest living poets offers journals, letters, dreams, memories, and poems that reflect on how poetry and politics enter and influence American life. "Evocative and moving".
Includes bibliographical notes (p. -295) and index.
About the Author
Adrienne Rich's honors include the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in California.
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