The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977 (Paperback)
With intensity, mindfulness, and an critical eye toward the wrongs of the world, Adrienne Rich tackles matters emotional and political head-on in Dream of a Common Language. Rich's poems offer guidance through turbulence: they can dispel the pain of heartache and longing; they can rouse up courage to confront injustice. She famously declined the National Medal of Arts in 1997, protesting the incompatibility of her art with "the cynical politics" of the Clinton administration, adding, "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage." Her love poems take on the same virtue and vitality. Read Adrienne Rich — her poems will be a boon to your well-being.— From Ryan's Picks
“Certain lines had become like incantations to me, words I’d chanted to myself through sorrow and confusion” —Cheryl Strayed, Wild
“The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman’s heart and mind in language for everybody—language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . . No one is writing better or more needed verse than this.”—Boston Evening Globe
About the Author
Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was an award-winning poet, influential essayist, radical feminist, and major public intellectual of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry, including the National Book Award–winning Diving into the Wreck, and more than a half-dozen of prose.