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Book Title: Breaking Open|
The author of the book: Muriel Rukeyser
Edition: Random House
The size of the: 430 KB
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Date of issue: January 1st 1973
ISBN 13: 9780394486963
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The first part of the book contains poems that deal with knowledge, promises, aging, death, and the risks of being alive, being human, and being a woman. Her poems then move directly to the major concerns of our cities and governments, of our people and our goals. The last part of the book opens with a long and lyrical series of Eskimo songs, which Ms. Rukeyser translated with the anthropologist Paul Radin. She then moves on to what are her most unusual and ambitious new poems. These are full of dreams and nightmares, love and steel, wood and fires, passion and earth.
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Read information about the authorMuriel Rukeyser was an American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism. Kenneth Rexroth said that she was the greatest poet of her "exact generation".
One of her most powerful pieces was a group of poems entitled The Book of the Dead (1938), documenting the details of the Hawk's Nest incident, an industrial disaster in which hundreds of miners died of silicosis.
Her poem "To be a Jew in the Twentieth Century" (1944), on the theme of Judaism as a gift, was adopted by the American Reform and Reconstructionist movements for their prayer books, something Rukeyser said "astonished" her, as she had remained distant from Judaism throughout her early life.
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