Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995

Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995 A New Book Of Poems By One Of America S Most Distinguished Poets When Does A Life Bend Toward Freedom Grasp Its Direction Asks Adrienne Rich In Dark Fields Of The Republic, Her Major New Work Her Explorations Go To The Heart Of Democracy And Love, And The Historical And Present Endangerment Of BothThe Poems Of Dark Fields Of The Republic Are A Theater Of Voices Of Men And Women, The Dead And The Living, Over Time And Across Continents Rich Writes Out Of Conversations Actual And Imaginary, Actions Taken For Better Or For Worse, Out Of Histories And Songs, Humdrum And Terrible Events, Out Of The Most Intimate Loves And Love For The World Through These Poems, She Extends The Poet S Reach Of Witness And Power Of Connection, And Invites The Reader Listener To Participate

Adrienne Cecile Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist Born to a middle class family, Rich was educated by her parents until she entered public school in the fourth grade She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College in 1951, the same year her first book of poems, A Change of World, appeared That volume, chosen by W H Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and her n

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  • Hardcover
  • 96 pages
  • Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995
  • Adrienne Rich
  • English
  • 20 January 2018
  • 9780393038682

10 thoughts on “Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995

  1. says:

    Not as volatile as the other collection of Rich s poetry that I have read, Diving Into the Wreck, this work from the early 1990 s allows Rich to air her grievances about the Western World going to hell in a hand basket But sadly the caustic, piercing qualities of her 1970 s work where she raged and raged and raged against gender roles and relations have been smoothed over for a melancholic, retrospective murmur When Rich s love for women loving is mentioned in vague she s or you s, natch this is poetry after all it s not with fiery sexuality, but with of a nostalgic remove Sure, Rich was much older by this collection, and age brings wisdom and prudence, or some shit like that but I d rather of have had her angry.Bring me all the angry but well written poems

  2. says:

    Will strike you The power of these poems, their contemporaneity Love not divided from politics, heady WHAT KIND OF TIMES ARE THESEThere s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphilland the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadowsnear a meeting house abandoned by the persecutedwho disappeared into those shadows I ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don t be fooled,this isn t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here, our country moving closer to its own truth and dread, its own ways of making people disappear I won t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woodsmeeting the unmarked strip of light ghost ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear And I won t tell you where it is, so why do I tell youanything Because you still listen, because in times like theseto have you listen at all, it s necessaryto talk about trees.1991

  3. says:

    I did not connect with these poems as much as I d liked, but it s still very good poetry, Adrienne Rich was a very talented poet, no doubt here.

  4. says:

    Faves To The DaysAmendsAnd NowSending LoveTake

  5. says:

    I purchased this during my last trip to the Book Barn I was lucky enough to open it and find that it was a signed copy before beginning to read it but it got beat up in my bag and water spilled on it I m disappointed but the words still stand This is standard Rich That sentence may seem to state that this poetry is mundane or common In fact, it is quite the opposite Rich wrote the truth of the times, wrote about finding hope and love in the face of oppression As always, it s good stuff and this is particularly good stuff A Rich book is always worth a read.

  6. says:

    After reading this collection of poetry by Adrienne Rich, I felt called to action What action, I am not entirely sure Dark Fields of the Republic is a compilation of what I can only describe as cautionary poems a review of the past and a warning not to relive our mistakes A plea to figure it out before it s too late The title comes from a line in The Great Gatsby He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night The opening section and poem is called What Kind of Times Are These and sets the tone of the entire work Here is an excerpt I ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don t be fooled,this isn t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,its own ways of making people disappear.The second section is called Calle Vision, which translated means Vision Street, and the tone here is slightly different an expression of trying to come to terms with one s life purpose, especially as an artist I love this line in Part 9 This place is alive with the dead and the livingI have never been alone hereI wear my triple eyes as I walk along the roadpast, present, future all are at my sideStorm beaten, tough winged passengerthere is nothing I have buried that can die.In the section Then or Now, we again get the sense that history could repeat itself, as the poems shift from reflections on WWII incidents to modern day angst.At times I feel the poems are cryptic providing a message that I, the reader, need to decipher before it s too late Before freedom is lost, before life is lost In the section called Sending Love, one may get the idea that love this is the answer, but is love enough Or is it about loving truly versus sending love without heart well, people do that daily Dark Fields is one of those collections to be picked up and read over a lifetime, since it is an expression of the poet s own life and what she hopes to leave for future generations.

  7. says:

    The first three poems of Dark Fields of the Republic are a blistering indictment answering the question posed in the title of the first What Kind of Times Are These Increasingly desperate at the complacency replacing the anger over the US s betrayal of its every ideal, Rich reaches out to a reader she hopes is still listening, responding Because you still listen, because in times like these to have you listen at all, it is necessary to talk about trees Cut to 2017 and an environmental debacle in progress that makes the early 90s look like the golden era of awareness in the second poem, In Those Years, she pinpoints the core of the collapse In those years, people will say, we lost track of the meaning of we, of you we found ourselves reduced to I while the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged into our personal weather The third poem, To the Days, meditates on the newscasts terrible stories of life in my time feeling the way into knowing it s worst than that, much worse the knowing what it means to be lied to And the bottom line Acceptable levels of cruelty, steadily rising The poet unsparingly confronts the experience of living with physical pain, of feeling herself an exile, but rededicates herself to bearing witness, to writing I tried to listen to the public voice of our time tried to survey our public space as best I could, observing who was in charge of definitions and who stood by receiving them There aren t as many poems that grabbed me in Dark Fields as in Time s Power or Atlas of a Difficult World, but the closing sequence, Inscriptions resonates with her determination to an imagined reader, sharing her drive in his or her own way My testimony yours Trying to keep faith not with each other exactly yet it s the one known and unkown who stands for, imagines the other with whom faith could be kept As almost always, the volume ends in motion, process Thesare are the extremes I stoke into the updraft of this life still roaring.

  8. says:

    I wish I were an Adrienne Rich fan I understand her important role in American poetry as an insistent voice for harvesting the personal married to the well structured perspective I don t find her work supple and enough to hold my attention, nor do I find the kind of generosity of spirit that I seek from a poet who should be giving us moments of intense self recognition Nevertheless, there are poems here that have informed many other poets who take willingly to the lessons taught.

  9. says:

    My first real acquaintance w this author The poems are dry in a way, meaning that they contain little bounce surprise The poems aren t sexy or juicy or joyful But they do sound w a power a finality, as if their findings cannot be disputed This poetry is written w a firm hand the pen does not aimlessly wander.

  10. says:

    When a voice learns to sing it can be heard as dangerouswhen a voice learns to listen it can be heard as desperate While this collection did not resonate with me as much as some of her other works, I still found myself savoring several of the poems and rereading them slowly rather than moving on to the next page.

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