Muriel Rukeyser

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

Muriel Rukeyser Poems

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

St. Roach

For that I never knew you, I only learned to dread you,
for that I never touched you, they told me you are filth,
they showed me by every action to despise your kind;
for that I saw my people making war on you,
I could not tell you apart, one from another,
for that in childhood I lived in places clear of you,
for that all the people I knew met you by
crushing you, stamping you to death, they poured boiling
water on you, they flushed you down,

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