Muriel Rukeyser

(December 15, 1913 – February 12, 1980 / New York City)

Muriel Rukeyser Poems

1. St. Roach 1/20/2003
2. The Conjugation of the Paramecium 1/20/2003
3. Elegy in Joy 12/15/2011
4. Reading Time: 1 Minute 26 Seconds 12/15/2011
5. Boy With His Hair Cut Short 4/22/2010
6. Painters 12/15/2011
7. Metaphor to Action 12/15/2011
8. Myth 12/15/2011
9. 26-1-1939 12/15/2011
10. The Disease 12/15/2011
11. Orgy 12/15/2011
12. [Murmurs from the earth of this land] 12/15/2011
13. Seventh Avenue 12/15/2011
14. Drunken Girl 12/15/2011
15. The Book of The Dead 12/15/2011
16. Gauley Bridge 12/15/2011
17. Despisals 12/15/2011
18. Night Feeding 12/15/2011
19. Absalom 12/15/2011
20. George Robinson: Blues 12/15/2011

Elegy in Joy

We tell beginnings: for the flesh and the answer,
or the look, the lake in the eye that knows,
for the despair that flows down in widest rivers,
cloud of home; and also the green tree of grace,
all in the leaf, in the love that gives us ourselves.

The word of nourishment passes through the women,
soldiers and orchards rooted in constellations,
white towers, eyes of children:

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