Title Selected Poems: 1950-2012
Author Adrienne Rich
ISBN 9780393355116
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No of pages 496
Book size 140 x 210 mm
Publishing year 2018
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“Rich is one of the greatest American poets of the past half century.”
San Francisco Chronicle


“Rich’s poems, volume after volume, have been the makings of one of the authentic, unpredictable, urgent, essential voices of our time.”
W. S. Merwin


Sixty years of poems from pioneering writer, activist, and intellectual Adrienne Rich—“the Blake of American letters” (Nadine Gordimer).

Adrienne Rich was the singular voice of her generation, bringing discussions of gender, race, and class to the forefront of poetical discourse. This generous selection from all nineteen of Rich’s published poetry volumes encompasses her best-known work—the clear-sighted and passionate feminist poems of the 1970s, including “Diving into the Wreck,” “Planetarium,” and “The Phenomenology of Anger”—and offers the full range of her evolution as a poet. From poems leading up to her feminist breakthrough through bold later work such as “North American Time” and “Calle Visión,” Selected Poems celebrates Rich’s prophetic vision as well as the inventiveness that shaped her enduring art.



From A Change of World (1951)
Storm Warnings • Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers • Air Without Incense • Afterward • The Uncle Speaks in the Drawing Room • An Unsaid Word • At a Bach Concert • The Springboard • For the Conjunction of Two Planets

From The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems (1955)
Living in Sin • The Snow Queen • A Walk by the Charles • The Middle-Aged • The Diamond Cutters

From Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law, Poems 1954–1962 (1963)
The Knight • September 21 • Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law • Antinoüs: The Diaries • The Afterwake • A Marriage in the ‘Sixties • Ghost of a Chance • Prospective Immigrants Please Note • The Roofwalker

From Necessities of Life: Poems 1962–1965 (1966)
Necessities of Life • In the Woods • The Corpse-Plant • The Trees • Like This Together • After Dark • “I Am in Danger—Sir—” • Not Like That • The Knot • Moth Hour • Focus • Face to Face

From Leaflets: Poems 1965–1968 (1969)
Orion • Holding Out • In the Evening • 5:30 A.M. • The Key • Abnegation • To Frantz Fanon • On Edges • Nightbreak • Leaflets • from Ghazals (Homage to Ghalib): 7/13/68, 7/14/68 (II), 7/24/68 (II), 7/26/68 (I), 8/8/68 (II)

From The Will to Change: Poems 1968–1970 (1971)
Planetarium • The Burning of Paper Instead of Children • I Dream I’m the Death of Orpheus • The Blue Ghazals • Our Whole Life • The Stelae • The Will to Change • Images for Godard • A Valediction Forbidding Mourning • from Shooting Script: I, 1; II, 8, 13, 14

From Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971–1972 (1973)
Trying to Talk with a Man • When We Dead Awaken • Waking in the Dark • Incipience • The Stranger • Song • Diving into the Wreck • The Phenomenology of Anger • Merced • Living in the Cave • For the Dead • From a Survivor

From Poems: Selected and New, 1950–1974 (1975)
From an Old House in America • The Fact of a Doorframe

From The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974–1977 (1978)
Power • Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev • Splittings • To a Poet • Cartographies of Silence • Twenty-One Love Poems • A Woman Dead in Her Forties • from Natural Resources: 4, 5, 6, 13, 14 • Transcendental Etude

From A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems 1978–1981(1981)
Integrity • Transit • For Memory • For Ethel Rosenberg • from The Spirit of Place: III, V

From Your Native Land, Your Life: Poems (1986)
Sources • North American Time • Dreams Before Waking • Upcountry • Poetry: I • Poetry: III • Yom Kippur 1984 • from Contradictions: Tracking Poems: 3, 6, 7, 15, 16, 18, 26, 28, 29

From Time’s Power: Poems 1985-1988 (1989)
Solfeggietto • Delta • 6/21 • Dreamwood • Living Memory

From An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988–1991 (1991)
An Atlas of the Difficult World • from Eastern War Time: 10 • Tattered Kaddish • Darklight • Final Notations

From Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 19911995 (1995)
What Kind of Times Are These • In Those Years • Calle Visión • Take • Late Ghazal • From Piercéd Darkness

From Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995–1998 (1999)
The Art of Translation • For an Anniversary • Midnight Salvage • Shattered Head • Camino Real • Seven Skins

From Fox: Poems 1998–2000 (2001)
Regardless • Fox • Noctilucent Clouds • If Your Name Is on the List • Terza Rima • Rauschenberg’s Bed • Waiting for You at the Mystery Spot

From The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000–2004 (2004)
Centaur’s Requiem • Equinox • Tell Me • The School Among the Ruins • This evening let’s • The Eye • There Is No One Story and One Story Only • Transparencies • Memorize This • Screen Door

From Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth: Poems 2004–2006 (2007)
Calibrations • Skeleton Key • Behind the Motel • Archaic • Long After Stevens • Hubble Photographs: After Sappho • Director’s Notes • Ever, Again • Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth

From Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007–2010 (2011)
Waiting for Rain, for Music • Reading the Iliad (As If) for the First Time • Turbulence • Tonight No Poetry Will Serve • Axel Avákar: Axel Avákar • Axel: Backstory • Axel, in thunder • I was there, Axel • Axel, darkly seen, in a glass house • Ballade of the Poverties • Emergency Clinic • You, Again • Powers of Recuperation

From Later Poems: Selected and New, 1971–2012 (2013)
Itinerary • Tracings • Endpapers

Adrienne Rich’s Notes on the Poems
Index of Titles and First Lines

About the Author:

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was the recipient of the National Book Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, Among numerous other honors. Her career as a widely read and hugely influential poet, essayist, and feminist spanned seven decades.

About the Editors:

Albert Gelpi is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature, emeritus,  at Stanford University. His books include Emily Dickinson: The Mind of the Poet, Living in Time: The Poetry of C. Day Lewis, and a trilogy on the historical/critical development of an American peotic tradition: The Tenth Muse, A Coherent Splendor; andAmerican Poetry after Modernism: The Power of the Word. Among the other volumes he has edited are Wallace Stevens: The Poetics of Modernism, The Wild God of the World: A Robinson Jeffers Reader, and (with Robert J. Bertholf) The Letters of Robert Duncun and  Denise Levertov.

Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi is Professor of English, emeritus, at Stanford University, where she has taught nineteenth-century English Literature and feminist theory. She has written Dark Passages: The Decadent Consciousness in Victorian Literature and Shelley’s Goddess: Maternity, Language, Subjectivity. She has coedited Victorian Women: A Documentary Account of Women’s Lives in Nineteenth-Century England, France, and the United States, edited Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society from 1980 to 1985, and was director of the Clayman Institute for the Study of Women and Gender at Stanford from 2002 to 2004.

Brett C. Millier is the Reginald L. Cook Professor of American Literature at Middlebury College. She is the author of Elizabeth Bishop: Life and the Memory of It, and Flawed Light: American Women Poets and Alcohol. She is also associate editor of The Columbia History of American Poetry.

The editors have also edited the second Norton Critical Edition of Adrienne Rich: Poetry and Prose.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature, especially those interested in poetry.


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