Monday, January 02, 2023

Two years with Adrienne Rich's "Collected Poems: 1950-2012"

In the Spring Semester of 2021, I taught a seminar on Adrienne Rich's poetry. For the course, I used the second edition of Rich's selection of her work, "The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001", which came out in 2003, but I also bought myself her "Collected Poems 1950-2012", which was published in 2016. I've been reading that collected edition ever since, and yesterday, on returning from vacation, I finished the last few poems. From "Storm Warnings", which opened her first book "A Change of World" in 1951, to "Endpapers", the last poem in "Collected Poems", it was quite an experience to immerse myself in all of Rich's wide-ranging, provocative work. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 2 January 2023)



Collected Poems: 1950-2012 by Adrienne Rich
W. W. Norton & Company, 2016


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