New Directions


  • Publish Date: 2013-09-24
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Muriel Rukeyser

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An elegant relaunch of Muriel Rukeysers Elegies, previously available only in a limited edition, celebrates the centennial of her birth

Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. Muriel Rukeyser, Elegy in Joy

First published by New Directions in 1949, Muriel Rukeysers Elegies were written over a seven years period the end of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the beginnings of the Cold War. Both and homage to Rilkes Duino Elegies and a spiritual reckoning that is particularly resonant today, these poems present no angelic orders, only the difficulties of living in the modern world, the depths of shipwreck, and Love that gives us ourselves, in the world known to all.

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