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Leaflets : Poems, 1965-1968
by Adrienne Cecile Rich




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The themes of this book are the poetics of violence and the poetics of love. Its impulse is the deepening of recognitions through language, in a time of ignorance and mutilation.

Miss Rich has written: For a poet...there is this primary labor with words. But I have the notion that how you live your life has something to do with it--that morality, for a poet, is a refusal of blinders, of traditional consolations, a courage to be alone, or wounded....A willingness to step out into the fog, to take paths which may lead nowhere. Certainty, predictability, are the first supports that have to go. I see the poetry of things as standing in resistance to brute mechanistic force, the charge of the rhinoceros with its head down. To discover--literally--this poetry and re-create it in language is a poet's essential action.

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Overview

The themes of this book are the poetics of violence and the poetics of love. Its impulse is the deepening of recognitions through language, in a time of ignorance and mutilation.

Miss Rich has written: For a poet...there is this primary labor with words. But I have the notion that how you live your life has something to do with it--that morality, for a poet, is a refusal of blinders, of traditional consolations, a courage to be alone, or wounded....A willingness to step out into the fog, to take paths which may lead nowhere. Certainty, predictability, are the first supports that have to go. I see the poetry of things as standing in resistance to brute mechanistic force, the charge of the rhinoceros with its head down. To discover--literally--this poetry and re-create it in language is a poet's essential action.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393041910
  • ISBN-10: 0393041913
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: March 1969
  • Page Count: 72
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22 pounds

Series: Poems

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