The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977 (Paperback)

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Breathtaking, powerful, and fiercely honest, this collection of poems is perfection. Adrienne Rich writes about lesbian desire, female power, and the landscape of a relationship. My favorite poem is "Splittings" or "The Floating Poem, Unnumbered."


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“Certain lines had become like incantations to me, words I’d chanted to myself through sorrow and confusion” —Cheryl Strayed, Wild

The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman’s heart and mind in language for everybody—language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . . No one is writing better or more needed verse than this.”—Boston Evening Globe

About the Author

Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was an award-winning poet, influential essayist, radical feminist, and major public intellectual of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry, including the National Book Award–winning Diving into the Wreck, and more than a half-dozen of prose.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393346008
ISBN-10: 0393346005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 1st, 2013
Pages: 96
Language: English