This site is designed to provide a lively and comprehensive resource for reading, exploring, and teaching the poet Muriel Rukeyser’s multi-faceted work and broad range of interests, from poetry and the visual arts to religion, history, science, and technology. Let us know if you are interested in contributing to the site–for instance, by writing short essays about individual poems, by becoming a blogger, or submitting other original work on Muriel Rukeyser, including pedagogical resources.
We regularly feature many poems written by Rukeyser. With them, we provide and invite commentaries, related works, essays, and further resources. The site is sponsored by EMU’s English Department. It has been created with the financial assistance of a grant from EMU’s Women in Philanthropy.
We want to create a fitting tribute to Rukeyser’s vision of poetry as “meeting place” of different readers, cultures, forms of knowing and experiencing. Indeed, we believe that if Rukeyser were alive today, she would be fascinated by web technology, and recognize its inherent potential for articulating her unusually expansive relational vision of poetry as a cultural resource with many “uses”–which was a truly unfashionable word when she first used in conjunction with poetry.
We also want this website to be truly interdisciplinary and to serve as meeting place for people from different disciplines, coming together in the effort to shed light on Rukeyser’s poems and prose. All of the commentary on this website will be original, i.e. written specifically for the website or Rukeyser-related events. Please always acknowledge our authors’ work and the website when you use it in your own writings.