Your Native Land, Your Life

Your Native Land, Your Life

by Adrienne Rich

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Overview

A major American poet faces her own native land, her own life, and the result is a volume of compelling, transforming poems.


The book includes two extraordinary longer works: the self-exploratory "Sources" and "Contradictions—Tracking Poems," an ongoing index of an American woman's life.


The poet writes, "In these poems I have been trying to speak from, and of, and to, my country. To speak of a different claim from those staked by the patriots of the sword; to speak of the land itself, the cities, and of the imaginations that have dwelt here, at risk, unfree, assaulted, erased. I believe more than ever that the search for justice and compassion is the great wellspring for poetry in our time, throughout the world, though the theme of despair has been canonized in this country. I draw strength from the traditions of all those who, with every reason to despair, have refused to do so."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393310825
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/1993
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was an award-winning poet, influential essayist, radical feminist, and major public intellectual of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry, including the National Book Award–winning Diving into the Wreck, and more than a half-dozen of prose.

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