A World That Will Hold All the People

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"In this thoughtful and provocative collection of essays, Suzanne Gardinier painstakingly and passionately examines the intersection of poetry and politics. Not a miscellany but a cohesive and beautifully crafted book, the six essays (on Pablo Neruda, Muriel Rukeyser, Rainer Maria Rilke, Adrienne Rich, the Iliad, "Poetry and the New Commonwealth," and "In Search of Democracy") are united in their love of language, their unsparing but hopeful social criticism, and their genuine affection for their subjects."
Editor's preface

 


All of our nature must be used. It is fatal now to hold back from it. The war that has been over the world was a war made in our imaginations; we saw it coming, and said so; and our imaginations must be strong enough to make a peace. First, to create an idea of that peace, and then to bring it about.
— Muriel Rukeyser, The Life of Poetry
For my people standing staring trying to fashion a better way from confusion, from hypocrisy and misunderstanding, trying to fashion a world that will hold all the people...
— Margaret Walker, "For My People"

Contents

Poetry and the New Commonwealth     1
This Land 1     15
The Door to the Street (Pablo Neruda)     7
This Land 2     223
A World That Will Hold All the People (Muriel Rukeyser)     25
This Land 3     347
Two Cities (The Iliad)     49
This Land 4     461
The Full Dialogue (Rainer Maria Rilke and Adrienne Rich)     63
This Land 5     577
In Search of Democracy     81

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A World That Will Hold All the People: Muriel Rukeyser

A World That Will Hold All the People: Muriel Rukeyser

Two Cities: On the Iliad

Two Cities: On the Iliad

The Door to the Street: Pablo Neruda

The Door to the Street: Pablo Neruda

The Full Dialogue: Rilke & Rich

The Full Dialogue: Rilke & Rich

In Search of Democracy

In Search of Democracy