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An atlas of the difficult world : poems, 1988-1991

Author: Adrienne Rich
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Throughout this book, a milestone in the poet's work and in the poetry of our time, Rich gathers images of our lives and focuses them blindingly in memory's "smoky mirror". As always, she maps out new territory, charting the landscapes of our lives amid the beauties and cruelties of a difficult world.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrienne Rich
ISBN: 0393030695 9780393030693 0393308316 9780393308310
OCLC Number: 23462126
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 1991
Description: x, 60 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: A dark woman, head bent, listening for something --
Here is a map of our country --
Two five-pointed star-shaped glass candelholders --
Late summers, early autumns, you can see something that binds --
Catch if you can your country's moment, begin --
A potato explodes in the oven. Poetry and famine --
(The dream-site) Some rooftop, water-tank looming, street-racket strangely quelled --
He thougth there would be a limit and that it would stop him. He depended on that. --
On this earth, in this life, as I read your story, you're lonely --
Soledad.=f. Solitute, loneliness, homsickness; lonely retreat --
One night on Monterey Bay the death-freeze of the century --
What homage will be paid to a beauty built to last --
(Dedications) I know you are reading this poem --
She --
That Mouth --
Marghanita --
Olivia --
Memory lifts her smoky mirror: 1943 --
Girl between home and school -what is that girl --
How telegrams used to come: ring --
What the grown-ups can speak of-would you push --
A young girl knows she is young and meant to live --
A girl wanders with a boy into the woods --
A woman of sixty driving --
A woman wired in memories --
Streets closed, emptied by force-Guns at corners --
Memory says: Want to do right? Don't count on me --
Tattered Kaddish --
Through Corralitos Under Rolls of Cloud --
Showering after 'flu; stripping the bed --
If you know who died in that bed, do you know --
The light of outrage is the light of history --
She who died on that bed sees it her way --
For a Friend in Traval --
1948: Jews --
Two Arts: I've redone you by daylight-Raise it up there and it will --
Darklight: Early day. Grey the air-When heat leaves the walls at last --
Final Notations.
Responsibility: Adrienne Rich.

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In this, her thirteenth book of verse, the author of "The Dream of a Common Language" and "Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law" writes of war, oppression, the future, death, mystery, love and the magic of  Read more...

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In "An Atlas of the Difficult World" Rich says: 'We write from the marrow of our bones.' So she has written since the 1960s, saying what we longed to say, but could not, or dared not. She is a Read more...

 
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