Our Mission

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”–a truly unfashionable word when 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 orginal, i.e. written specifically for the website. And we will turn to readers, teachers, and scholars of Rukeyser’s work to ask for submissions. So please stay posted.