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Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980)

Author of The Life of Poetry

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About the Author

During her five-decade literary career, Rukeyser provoked varying critical response; yet her passionate contribution to the contemporary literary and political scene cannot be doubted. An outspoken "spokespoet," she was always where the political action was. As a young reporter from Vassar, she show more covered the 1932 Scottsboro Trial; some forty years later, she was jailed for her anti-Vietnam protests in Washington, D.C. So closely aligned is her activism to her art that several reviewers believe that the history of midcentury America can be garnered from her poetry. Yet, along with her outrage, Rukeyser's poetry is marked by optimism in a way that is reminiscent of Walt Whitman's verse. It is as though she believed that out of the pain of conflict will come a healing and transforming revelation. During her career, Rukeyser moved from a reliance on simple declaratives to a more sophisticated, private use of language; and, though she continued to deal with politics all her life, later poems also treat personal subjects---her role as mother and daughter, her sexual feelings for women and men, the illness that led to her death. From beginning to end, she was honored for her contribution to poetry: with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1935 for Theory of Flight to the tribute paid her at the annual New York Quarterly Poetry Day in 1977. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Muriel Rukeyser, Muriel Rukesyer

Works by Muriel Rukeyser

The Life of Poetry (1949) 196 copies
A Muriel Rukeyser Reader (1994) 122 copies
Savage Coast (1820) 45 copies
The Orgy (1966) 44 copies
The Book of the Dead (2018) 32 copies
The gates : poems (1976) 26 copies
The Speed of Darkness (1968) 20 copies
The Traces of Thomas Hariot (1971) 19 copies
Elegies (1949) 15 copies
Houdini: A Musical (2002) 14 copies
Beast in View (1944) 8 copies
Theory of Flight (1935) 8 copies
More Night (1981) 7 copies
U.S. 1 (1938) 7 copies
Waterlily Fire (1962) 5 copies
The Green Wave (1948) 4 copies
One Life (1957) 4 copies
Mazes (1970) 4 copies
29 poems (1972) 4 copies
Dikter (1978) 3 copies
The Outer Banks (1980) 3 copies
Come back, Paul (1955) 2 copies
Orpheus 2 copies
A Turning Wind 2 copies
I Go Out 2 copies
Wake Island 1 copy

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,249 copies
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contributor, some editions — 441 copies
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contributor — 368 copies
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Contributor — 329 copies
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contributor — 323 copies
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Contributor — 297 copies
This Is My Best (1942) — Contributor — 185 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 161 copies
Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality (1984) — Contributor — 129 copies
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 117 copies
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Contributor — 106 copies
Twentieth-Century American Poetry (1777) — Contributor — 96 copies
My Lover Is a Woman (1996) — Contributor — 88 copies
Octavio Paz: Early Poems, 1935-1955 (1973) — Translator, some editions — 72 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 48 copies
Baja California and the Geography of Hope (1967) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 33 copies
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contributor — 28 copies
For Neruda, For Chile: An International Anthology (1975) — Contributor — 23 copies
A Molna Elegy (1960) — Translator, some editions — 16 copies
Discovery No. 2 (1953) — Contributor — 9 copies
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Contributor — 9 copies
American Review 25 (1976) — Contributor — 5 copies
Triquarterly 19 (Fall 1970) For Edward Dahlberg (1970) — Contributor — 4 copies
Antaeus No. 23, Autumn 1976 — Contributor — 1 copy

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CherylKosmann | Jan 9, 2023 |
Until recently I generally dipped into my poetry books at random and read a few pages at a sitting. I might in this haphazard manner read a complete volume. There was no plan & this would generally only with my most beloved poets. A few years ago, I began to read complete volumes. It points your attention to themes running through a volume of poems. With "Collected" or "Selected" Works, reading the complete volumes allows one to follow the arc of the poet's interests & craft. To me, Muriel Rukeyser's voice grew clearer and stronger as her life progressed. Her last poems have an urgency that has built to a crescendo.… (more)
 
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pitjrw | Jul 27, 2022 |
I thought I'd try to give a book of poetry a try, but I lack the attention span for an entire book of poems, and I couldn't read it before it was due back at the library. I'll have to buy a copy and take my time instead of trying to power through. (Powering through poetry is sacrilege anyway, or at least pointless.)
 
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ImperfectCJ | Nov 6, 2014 |
I am fascinated by Rukeyser's personal story & her engagement with history. Although her thinking in these essays is sometimes fuzzy & her use of abstractions, such as truth, reality, imagination, consciousness & even language, is often contradictory (she says one thing & then, shortly thereafter, seems to say its opposite), she repeatedly won me over when her poet's voice sneaks into her prose. For example, when she characterizes Emily Dickenson's style as one of a "slang of strictness" or when she talks about poetry as a "transfer of human energy." I loved Chapter Twelve, "Out of Childhood," which is composed of impressionistic vignettes (film stills)that summarize & encapsulate the author's childhood & coming to maturity, both as a person & a writer. Compressed, evocative & vastly informative in their succinctness. Worth the price of the book.… (more)
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