The definitive edition of selected work from a poet whose influence continues to be widely felt today, introduced by Natasha Trethewey Engaging closely with the violence, oppression, and injustice that she witnessed in her lifetime, Muriel Rukeyser was one of the seminal poets of the mid-twentieth century. Closely informed by issues relating to equality, social justice, feminism, and Judaism, her impassioned poetry was often seen as a mode of social protest, but it was also heralded for its deep emotional impact; its personal perspective; forthright discussion of the female experience, particularly sex and single parenthood at a time when these topics were largely taboo; and its wide-ranging exploration of genre and form. Muriel Rukeyser was a poet and political activist. She published over fifteen volumes of poetry in her lifetime and received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in She died in New York City in Crea una cuenta gratis. Ver todas las apps de lectura gratuitas de Kindle. Opiniones de clientes. Volver arriba.
Muriel Rukeyser December 15, — February 12, was an American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism. Kenneth Rexroth said that she was the greatest poet of her "exact generation. One of her most powerful pieces was a group of poems titled The Book of the Dead , documenting the details of the Hawk's Nest incident , an industrial disaster in which hundreds of miners died of silicosis. Her poem "To be a Jew in the Twentieth Century" , on the theme of Judaism as a gift, was adopted by the American Reform and Reconstructionist movements for their prayer books , something Rukeyser said "astonished" her, as she had remained distant from Judaism throughout her early life. From to 32, she attended Columbia University. Rukeyser was one of the great integrators, seeing the fragmentary world of modernity not as irretrievably broken, but in need of societal and emotional repair. Rukeyser was active in progressive politics throughout her life. At age 21, she covered the Scottsboro case in Alabama, then worked for the International Labor Defense , which handled the defendants' appeals. Most famously, she traveled to Gauley Bridge , West Virginia , to investigate the recurring silicosis among miners there, which resulted in her poem sequence The Book of the Dead. For much of her life, she taught university classes and led workshops, but she never became a career academic.
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Indeed, for Rukeyser, these activities and forms of expression were linked. And she was an important figurehead for feminist poets and activists in the s and s, when she mentored scores of younger poets including Alice Walker , Anne Sexton , Sharon Olds , and Adrienne Rich , among many others. When you hold this book in your hand you hold a living thing. As a reporter for the journal, Rukeyser covered the Scottsboro trial in Alabama in which nine black youths were accused of raping two white girls. Though frequently incensed by injustice, Rukeyser valued and was capable of an optimism that at times surprised her critics. Her idealism is unmarked by heavy irony, cynicism, or an intricacy of wit that characterizes much contemporary poetry.