|Born||December 15, 1913|
New York City
|Died||February 12, 1980 (aged 66)|
New York City
|Occupation||poet, essayist, biographer|
|Education||Vassar College, Columbia University|
|Subject||equality, feminism, social justice|
|Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive|
Muriel Rukeyser (December 15, 1913 – February 12, 1980) was an American poet, essayist, biographer, and political activist.
She was born in New York City and went to Vassar College. As a student reporter there, Rukeyser covered the 1932 Scottsboro trial in Alabama when nine black youths were accused of raping two white girls. Later she reported from Barcelona on the Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War. She protested against the Vietnam War. She was president of the American Center for PEN in the 1970s.
Her first book of poems, Theory of Flight won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 1935.
Poet Adrienne Rich said that Rukeyser wanted readers "to enlarge our sense of what poetry is about in the world, and of the place of feelings and memory in politics.”
Books[change | change source]
- Theory of Flight. (1935)
- Mediterranean. (1938)
- U.S. 1: Poems. (1938)
- A Turning Wind: Poems. (1939)
- The Soul and Body of John Brown. (1940)
- Wake Island. (1942)
- Willard Gibbs: American Genius. (1942)
- Beast in View. (1944)
- The Green Wave: Poems. (1948)
- The Life of Poetry. (1949)
- Orpheus. (1949)
- Elegies. (1949)
- Selected Poems. (1951)
- One Life. (1957)
- Body of Waking: Poems. (1958)
- Waterlily Fire: Poems 1935-1962. (1962)
- The Outer Banks. (1967, 1980)
- The Speed of Darkness: Poems.(1968)
- 29 Poems. (1972)
- Breaking Open: New Poems.(1973)
- The Gates: Poems. (1976)
References[change | change source]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Muriel Rukeyser". Poetry Foundation. 2023-02-18. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "About Muriel Rukeyser | Academy of American Poets". poets.org. Retrieved 2023-02-18.