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Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
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Relationships—partings/reconciliations, solidarities/ruptures, trust/betrayal, exposure/withdrawal—are the deep fabric of this forceful work.In the intimate address of "Axel Avákar," the black humor of "Quarto," and the underground journey of "Powers of Recuperation," compressed lyrics flash among larger scenarios where images, dialogues, blues, and song spiral into political visions. Adrienne Rich has said, "I believe almost everything I know, have come to understand, is somewhere in this book."from "Ballade of the Poverties" There's the poverty of wages wired for the funeral you Can't get to the poverty of bodies lying unburied There's the poverty of labor offered silently on the curb The poverty of yard sale scrapings spread And rejected the poverty of eviction, wedding bed out on street Prince let me tell you who will never learn through words There are poverties and there are poverties.

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There's the poverty of wages wired for the funeral you
Can't get to the poverty of bodies lying unburied
There's the poverty of labor offered silently on the curb
The poverty of yard sale scrapings spread
And rejected the poverty of eviction, wedding bed out on street
Prince let me tell you who will never learn through words
There are poverties and there are poverties.

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Relationships—partings/reconciliations, solidarities/ruptures, trust/betrayal, exposure/withdrawal—are the deep fabric of this forceful work.In the intimate address of "Axel Avákar," the black humor of "Quarto," and the underground journey of "Powers of Recuperation," compressed lyrics flash among larger scenarios where images, dialogues, blues, and song spiral into political visions. Adrienne Rich has said, "I believe almost everything I know, have come to understand, is somewhere in this book."

from "Ballade of the Poverties"
There's the poverty of wages wired for the funeral you
Can't get to the poverty of bodies lying unburied
There's the poverty of labor offered silently on the curb
The poverty of yard sale scrapings spread
And rejected the poverty of eviction, wedding bed out on street
Prince let me tell you who will never learn through words
There are poverties and there are poverties.

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        October 15, 2010

        Thankfully, the more strident feminist tone that can mar some of Rich's poetry is muted in her latest collection. Her lesbianism isn't so much stated as implied, which gives several of the strongest poems a subtle eroticism. It also allows Rich's mastery of the evocative metaphor to shine through her poetry. Take the title poem, a warm though understated love poem, which works by innuendo to a shocking ending and is as compelling as any in Rich's oeuvre. Only a few of the poems, like the antiwar "Reading the Iliad...," become shrill. Winner of numerous awards, including the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Rich uses these latest poems to look back on past events and relationships--both actual and imagined. VERDICT One can sense Rich's nostalgia for her youth and apprehension at the frailty of old age. But there's no whining here. Mostly, these are poems of an aging poet (Rich was born in 1929) who is still gifted with sight, insight, and the poetic gifts necessary to express both.--Diane Scharper, Towson Univ., MD

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        January 1, 2011
        Rich writes, I believe almost everything I know, have come to understand, is somewhere in this book. The critically acclaimed poet of 30 books of poetry and prose fills her latest retrospective collection with poems that express an intimate understanding of life, death, and resilience with recurring images of ice, blood, and bodies. The opening poem, Waiting for Rain, for Music, dives in with waiting for tomorrow / long after tomorrow / shouldve come. This motif of regret builds to resignation in From Sickbed Shores, the books central poem, which asks, what is it anyway to exist as / matter to / matter? While writing of chronic illness, Rich offers wordplay redolent of her caustic wit and black humor and reminiscent of Plath. Ballade of the Poverties, a Pr'vert-like poem deviating in style from the books short-line, at times difficult, poems, speaks to timeless themes of injustice and ignorance and ends with the narrator offering the reader a mirror. Richs poetry itself is a mirror, reflecting the truths about humanity this discerning poet has come to understand.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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