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The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2000

The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2000


By (author) Adrienne Rich

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 26mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393323951
  • ISBN 13: 9780393323955
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 41,223

Product description

The reissue of this Adrienne Rich selection has been revised and expanded to cover the entirety of her career. It forms a useful introduction to her work, from her formative lyricism in "A Change of Word" (1951), to her groundbreaking poems of "Diving into the Wreck" (1973), to the searching voice of "Fox" (2001).

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Review quote

"Rich is the Blake of American letters." Nadine Gordimer

Editorial reviews

This is a reissue of an earlier selection of poems with a new introduction by Adrienne Rich herself and a revised and larger collection of poems. The revision includes poems from the six additional books she has produced since the first edition of Selected Poems appeared in 1984, and also poems published in magazines and journals, some of which Rich describes as 'lost', poems she had herself forgotten. With a span of 50 years, the development of Rich's style and vision is clearly charted here as the reader moves through the simplicity of 'Aunt Jennifer's Tigers' (1951), the timelessness of 'Dialogue' (1972), to the pain of 'Frame' (1980), and the primitive earthiness of 'Fox' (1998). In the poem 'The Fact of a Doorframe', Adrienne Rich describes poetry as being hewn into an 'archway, portal, frame' and it is this frame that has shaped her approach to poetry. 'My life has been enmeshed so long with poetry that I cannot, looking back at this collection of five decades, imagine how I would have survived without this doorframe. But it was first the poetry of others, in English - Blake, Keats, Longfellow, Robert Louis Stevenson, Swinburne, Oscar Wilde, the King James version of the Bible... that let me know the doorframe was there for me.' There are other voices in the doorframe too, songs sung at home round the piano, her parents' Southern lilt, speeches heard on the radio during the Second World War. An analysis of her poetry reveals a multi-layered strand of outside voices and influences that have been filtered through her thoughts to emerge on the page. A single phrase or even word will resonate down the years for those who can pick up the allusion. Adrienne Rich is a poet of considerable stature, the recipient of many awards including a Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and this book confirms those achievements. (Kirkus UK)