Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
Relationships - partings/reconciliations, solidarities/ruptures, trust/betrayal, exposure/withdrawal - are the deep fabric of this forceful work from the late Adrienne Rich, the "central voice inthe feminist movement" (The Daily Telegraph). In the intimate address of "Axel Avakar" the black humour of "Quarto" and the underground journey of "Powers of Recuperation", compressed lyrics flash among scenarios where images, dialogues, blues and song spiral into political visions.
Rich is one of the greatest American poets of the past half century...attested to both by the extraordinary power of her poems and by the laurels she's racked up.... the events of our blood-dimmed decade have afforded Rich a subject for some of her strongest material.--Sara Marcus
"[One of] the three most celebrated poets of her generation" (The Times), Adrienne Rich died on 27 March 2012. Her honours include the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.