Muriel Rukeyser on Sound, Reality, and Truth


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm .

    I agree! They are equally excellent in complete different ways….

  2. JforJames
    JforJames April 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm .

    I feel that Rukeyser should be spoken of in same breath as Elizabeth Bishop. But it's not the case as yet.

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 10, 2013 at 3:16 am .

    Rukeyser seems to be fully back now. Her Collected Poems is in print in both cloth and paper, and Adrienne Rich edited a fine Selected Poems for the Library of America. She is by no means my favorite poet, but I admire how completely she went her own way in subject matter and form.

  4. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett April 10, 2013 at 2:35 am .

    Great Rukeyser quotes. Inasmuch as a great deal of Rukeyser&#39;s poetry was written in something other than conventional regulated forms, I take what she&#39;s saying not to be a plea to return to writing sonnets etc., but rather what she says at face value — that the music in a poem is one of its essential qualities.<br /><br />The panel on Rukeyser&#39;s life and work that I attended at AWP

  5. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato April 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm .

    &quot;…a lot of our contemporary poems are way off on the other side and are, I hesitate to say this, really kind of notebook jottings. Brilliant, full of perception, but without the sound structure in which a deep strength fuses with the literal meanings.&quot;<br /><br />Hear, hear!<br /><br />Rukeyser seems to be proposing a return (if we&#39;ve really ever left it)to a Dantean conception of

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