Welcome to the Muriel Rukeyser Website.

As a “Living Archive,” our website is designed to engender lively interdisciplinary conversations about this important twentieth-century poet. Please take a minute to acquaint yourself with the site. Also consider contributing responses–critical, pedagogical, or creative–to the website by contacting us here.

Rukeyser News

We are excited to publish Laura Passin’s paper “The Power of Suicide and the Refusal of Mythology: Sylvia Plath and Muriel Rukeyser,” which she presented at the meeting of the American Literature Association in May, in a the session on Rukeyser and Other Writers. We would welcome your response to the essay.  Just contact us through the contact page or leave a response on our facebook page.

Our new web assistant Adam Mitts has produced an annotated copy of The Book of the Dead and joined our impressive line-up of current bloggers Marian Evans and Catherine Gander. Have a look at Adam’s recent blog about geography and place in The Book of the Dead.  We are also the lucky recipient of Dara Barnat’s moving account of Rukeyser’s legacy in her own life as a poet, entitled “Finding Muriel.” The essay will be published in the Spring/Summer 2014 Issue of Poet Lore.

Featured Poetry 
Islands

O for God’s sake
they are connected
underneath

They look at each other
across the glittering sea
some keep a low profile

Some are cliffs
The bathers think
islands are separate like them

Muriel Rukeyser