The School Among the Ruins

Poems 2000-2004

Adrienne Rich (Author)


"Trust Rich, a clarion poet of conscience, to get the fractured timbre of the times just right."--Booklist, starred review

In this new collection Adrienne Rich confronts dislocations and upheavals in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The title poem, in a young schoolteacher's voice, evokes the lessons that children ("Not of course here") learn amid violence and hatred, "when the whole town flinches / blood on the undersole thickening to glass." "Usonian Journals 2000" intercuts faces and conversations, building to a dystopic/utopic vision. Throughout these fierce and musical poems, Rich traces the imprint of a public crisis on individual experience: personal lives bent by collective realities, language itself held to account.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32755-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 112 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide


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  1. Book CoverAdrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose


  2. Book CoverArts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations


  3. Book CoverAn Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991


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