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Collected Poems Of Muriel Rukeyser
edited by Janet Kaufman and Anne Herzog
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-8229-5924-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8229-4247-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-8018-6
Library of Congress Classification PS3535.U4A17 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.52

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Muriel Rukeyser held a visionary belief in the human capacity to create social change through language. She earned an international reputation as a powerful voice against enforced silences of all kind, against the violence of war, poverty, and racism. Her eloquent poetry of witness-of the Scottsboro Nine, the Spanish Civil War, the poisoning of the Gauley Bridge laborers-split the darkness covering a shameful world.


In addition to the complete texts of her twelve previously published books, this volume also features new poems discovered by the editors; Rukeyser's translations, including the first English translations of Octavio Paz's work; early work by Rukeyser not previously published in book form; and the controversial book-length poem Wake Island. An introduction by the editors traces Rukeyser's life and literary reputation and complements discerning annotations and textual notes to the poems.



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