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Why Muriel Rukeyser? Why a website just for her?

Friends, colleagues, and students have asked me: Why Rukeyser? What’s so special about her? Why create a Muriel Rukeyser website? Why make her the focus of an interdisciplinary online “meeting place”? I’ve been thinking how best to say this and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Searching/Not Searching: Writing the Biography of Muriel Rukeyser”

I just read Kate Daniels’ piece “Searching/Not Searching: Writing the Biography of Muriel Rukeyser” (Poetry East 16-17, Spring/Summer 1985, pp. 70-93). It’s a great essay! One of the most honest essays I have read about Muriel Rukeyser. Daniels reflects upon … Continue reading

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Rukeyser’s indentations

So, I am curious, why are the lines indented the way they are in Rukeyser’s poem “For My Son”? What is the difference between: You come from poets, kings, bankrupts, preachers, attempted bankrupts, builders of cities, salesmen, the great rabbis, … Continue reading

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How to read Rukeyser?

It seems right to begin this blog on the new Rukeyser website by exploring the different ways of reading that Rukeyser’s poetry invites or compels us to engage in. This semester, I am guiding an independent study on Rukeyser with … Continue reading

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Site Under Construction

This site is still under construction, but more poems are added each week. Once the site is complete, it will serve as a lively and comprehensive resource for reading, exploring, and teaching the poet Muriel Rukeyser’s multi-facetted work and broad … Continue reading

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