Norton, 2001 What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics W. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989. From the book of myths previously alluded to? Norton, 2009 Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations W. But the narrator is not a typical diver. While that is not a criterion one would ordinarily apply to all poetry, it is relevant in Rich's case. She received massive criticisms for her relationship, life, and works.
On the one hand, this story reminds us that Rich herself is important and influential. Even the motive is vague and not necessarily pure: We are, I am, you are by cowardice or courage the one who find our way back to this scene carrying a knife, a camera a book of myths in which our names do not appear. Bottom line, this is a wide-ranging, personal, mysterious poem. He has access to machinery that could get you put away; and if, in the sickening light of the precinct, and if, in the sickening light of the precinct, your details sound like a portrait of your confessor, will you swallow, will you deny them, will you lie your way home? Here is an excerpt of my favorite one, Waking in the Dark 5. I came to explore the wreck. . You absolutely believe that she lived and suffered for her writing.
Women suffer: males are credited. In the next lines up to line seventy, she inches away from the figurative aspect and speaks in a more literal sense. Rigoberto González was born in Bakersfield, California and raised in Michoacán, Mexico. I stroke the beam of my lamp slowly along the flank of something more permanent than fish or weed the thing I came for: the wreck and not the story of the wreck the thing itself and not the myth the drowned face always staring toward the sun the evidence of damage worn by salt and sway into this threadbare beauty the ribs of the disaster curving their assertion among the tentative haunters. This being the first poetry book to have read, I have a faint inkling of the wonders, power, beauty, rawness, understanding I have deprived myself over the years.
Norton, 2004 , which won the Book Critics Circle Award; Collected Early Poems: 1950-1970 W. You hardly know him in his boots and silver badge, on horseback, one hand touching his gun. Nancy Milford Darkness and water. The reason being that I was afraid of poetry, afraid that I was not smart or capable enough to understand content and meaning. It may be that both Rich and her readers are relieved to have their fear and their desire conjoined in symbols so stylized and abstract.
Rung after rung and still the oxygen immerses me the blue light the clear atoms of our human air. I am she: I am he. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 1997. This book is ferocious in the way that early P. For a sampling of how various readers, writers, and critics have interpreted this poem,.
An accurate theoretical meaning of this Rich goes on using imagery to paint a picture of how the supply of oxygen in her tank is keeping her alive. In Diving into the Wreck 1973 and The Dream of a Common Language 1978 , she continued to experiment with form and to deal with the experiences and aspirations of women from a feminist perspective. So my interpretation will likely vary from whoever selects the mask, the knife, or the camera as symbols to evaluate. By this point, the reader realizes that the diver represents everyone, all who dare to plunge beneath the surface of experience. But as she reaches the end of the ladder, the innocence of her past life ends as well. Norton, 1974 Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971—1972 W. First having read the book of myths, and loaded the camera, and checked the edge of the knife-blade, I put on the body-armor of black rubber the absurd flippers the grave and awkward mask.
Norton, 1969 Necessities of Life: Poems 1962—1965 W. Rich's prose is striking, and she presents such vivid imagery here, a lot of it markedly unpleasant, it must be said. In the Patriarchal social structure, women are the explorer of the wreck. Until, she goes under water, she does not know the problems and consequences of diving into the wreck. Currently, the world is faced with serious problems of environmental degradation due to tourism activities like diving tourism. Just disjointed attempts at stating the same idea again and again, which can be tedious. I pictured creatures from the sea, their androgyny, or rather their genderless forms.
Those on the journey have not lost themselves; this is in no way a journey of loss but of discovery, and healing. Rich perceives feminism as the murky deep task that forces her to dive into the deep sea and find out the sunken ruins. I had no answers, right or wrong. We look a one ones exploration into the rift in society between sexes, and the journey to rewrite that. I came to see the damage that was done and the treasures that prevail. The knife is less obvious, until one remembers Rich's frequent earlier warnings--that the journey is dangerous. What's great about all this, though, is that Rich doesn't beat you over the head with it.