About the Author
Janet E. Kaufman is assistant professor of English at the
University of Utah. Anne F. Herzog is Dean of theSchool of Arts,
Science, and Professional Studies at Springfield College. They are
coeditors of "How Shall We Tell Each Other of the Poet?": The Life
and Writing of Muriel Rukeyser.
An event to loudly celebrate--a new collected poems of Muriel
Rukeyser, who opened much of the forbidden territory where poets
can now move with ease. Here, for a new generation, the full range
of the capacious poet who gave twentieth-century women's poetry its
mottos and its most audacious exemplar, and poetry of witness and
moral passion its most ardent and urgent American voice. --Eleanor
One of the most important poets of our time. . . . Her
originality, her genius, her courage illuminate our century.
Now, as ever, we need these poems that speak to ethical issues and
social justice, individual and international concerns. An
impressive contribution to Rukeyser scholarship, this edition
includes translations and secures for the poet an important place
in American letters.
The breadth, innovation, variety and daring of Muriel Rukeyser's
work has always defied efforts to confine her. She was, in fact,
one of the major American imaginations of the first century of
world wars. Now at last comes this scholarly, yet beautifully
accessible edition of her lifework in poetry--a great gift to the
"Rukeyser appears more and more as an exemplary American modernist,
the lyric poet of epic awareness. Her Collected Poems
monument of the last century, a gift to the present and a hope for
the future. In it one finds . . . poems of such variety, passion
and compassion, indignant judgment, joy, humor and conviction that
it is impossible to summarize."
--The Washington Post