An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 by Adrienne Rich

By Adrienne Rich

From magazine of contemporary Literature
"In an interview with invoice Moyers, Adrienne wealthy reviews that the identify poem of her 1991 quantity, An Atlas of the tricky global, "reflects at the of my state, which I wrote very consciously as a citizen poet, taking a look at the geography, the heritage, the folks of my country" (345). the categorical occasion that led wealthy to jot down a poem concerning the current of the us was once the Persian Gulf struggle of 1991, which on a unique party she describes because the first Bush administration's ploy to distract humans from family "anger and despair" ("I ensue to Think" 33). "An Atlas of the tricky World" is a longer inquiry into the character of patriotism in time of war—as wealthy says within the poem: "I am bent on fathoming what it ability to like my country" (Atlas 22). It services as either geography and background, delivering a wide ranging view of Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties America—the "difficult world" of the title—haunted via the contradictory legacies of freedom and oppression, idealism and materialism, democracy and capitalism. Like Whitman, whose attribute suggestions of catalogue and anecdote she borrows in her poem, wealthy acknowledges the nice promise of the United States, but additionally recognizes its unfavorable parts. Like Muriel Rukeyser, the second one very important precursor within the poem, she takes her readers on a street journey to areas they another way might by no means threat to discover. Approximating in size T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, or even together with a few endnotes, "An Atlas of the tricky World" deals an image of present-day the US in a country of concern which, wealthy hopes, can however be reversed and resolved."

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He introduces her by the wrong name: Melanie, but close. 47 Green Animals It may happen that we do not always want the most beautiful form, but one of our own designing. —Shirley Hibberd, quoted in The Book of Topiary, by Charles H. Curtis my topiary is a hedge against confusion. You have to come at it from a distance, to walk up close to it to see the animal is only from a distance: then to be charmed by it. The closer you get the more abstract. ╅╅╇ The dog is named for the variegated privet.

To suck this hard it is like annexing the neighborhood. 31 4 Name everything that can break, start with the obvious, the unintended, that buckles and holds before it doesn’t. â•…â•… Beds on either side of the chair upended where the story ended and sleep wouldn’t come. Here smooth limbs insinuate. Something blind undoes in darkness: Child, this is a phase. Over the covers you flow. Should wind be the mother of fear, I feed you Doubt. You toss caution to the floor. Say that’s not scary again, I’ll show you.

The chair loosens his tie. To the consummate still life: the conference table and the water glasses sweating and the coat tossed over the back of the chair. 50 To the rückenfigur to describe a viewpoint that includes another person seen from behind viewing a scene spread out before the viewer: rückenfigur Too tired to turn contentment fills them. The pockets in their backs & necks & butts small rocks fill in, soak up the last. What turns then, what lingers? What scent, whose shoulders thus placed direct our gaze —there to mean miracle & 51 meaning╅╇ what found it let it bless it burn it let them turn into what ever will be.

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