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

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 and has been given us for early viewing.

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