“Every elegy is the present”: Listening to Muriel Rukeyser

Posted by Katherine McLeod on February 12, 2021 On the night of January 24, 1969, Muriel Rukeyser read from Elegies at a reading that took place in Montreal, Canada. But she didn’t read all of Elegies. She only read “Elegy in Joy” and, before reading it, she commented on the fact that she had never "cut it up" but that she would that night:  Here's one piece of a long poem, it's the last of a group called Elegies which one hardly dares name anything anymore. It's called "Elegy in Joy" and this is just a beginning piece, I wanted [...]