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Learning from the Work Muriel Rukeyser Left Unfinished ‹ Literary Hub

Muriel Rukeyser


“. . . one of Rukeyser’s most famous lines — ‘what would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open’ — has become ubiquitous for framing #MeToo stories. And while this kind of silence-breaking has been an essential part of previous women’s liberation movements, what is new about this iteration is how effectively these stories have mapped the persistence of inequality in more exact ways for understanding the forces of change and reaction that have shaped the last century.”  – By Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, 4.14.22

Source: Learning from the Work Muriel Rukeyser Left Unfinished ‹ Literary Hub

futurefeed | Muriel Rukeyser as Major Figure: Imaginative Poetics as Praxis

drawing of Muriel Rukeyser by Khadijah Queen

futurefeed, an extension of Futurepoem, is a new online space where writers, artists + thinkers we admire are invited to experiment + explore ideas that are important to them over an extended period of time.

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#6 winter solstice 2102 – Rough Ideas

“I don’t believe that poetry can save the world. I do believe that the forces in us wish to share something of our experience by turning it into something and giving it to somebody: that is poetry.  That is some kind of saving thing, and as far as my life is concerned, poetry has saved me again and again.”

– Muriel Rukeyser

Source: #6 winter solstice 2102 – Rough Ideas

A Longhouse Birdhouse: MURIEL RUKEYSER ~

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: MURIEL RUKEYSER ~

Alice Walker on Muriel Rukeyser on Vimeo

Paris Press champions extraordinary yet overlooked literature by women. We founded the Press to publish Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry. Here’s Alice Walker talking about the poet and the book. Please support Paris Press and other nonprofits who champion the voices of women on Valley Gives Day. We exist in community.

Muriel Rukeyser 101 by Benjamin Voigt | Poetry Foundation

Muriel Rukeyser. Photograph by Imogen Cunningham, 1945.

Tracing the remarkable work of a feminist pioneer

Source: Muriel Rukeyser 101 by Benjamin Voigt | Poetry Foundation

Muriel Rukeyser’s “Looking at Each Other”

Looking at Each Other

by Muriel Rukeyser


Yes, we were looking at each other
Yes, we knew each other very well
Yes, we had made love with each other many times
Yes, we had heard music together
Yes, we had gone to the sea together
Yes, we had cooked and eaten together
Yes, we had laughed often day and night
Yes, we fought violence and knew violence
Yes, we hated the inner and outer oppression
Yes, that day we were looking at each other
Yes, we saw the sunlight pouring down
Yes, the corner of the table was between us
Yes, our eyes saw each other’s eyes
Yes, our mouths saw each other’s mouths,
Yes, our breasts saw each other’s breasts
Yes, our bodies entire saw each other
Yes, it was beginning in each
Yes, it threw waves across our lives
Yes, the pulses were becoming very strong
Yes, the beating became very delicate
Yes, the calling the arousal
Yes, the arriving the coming
Yes, there it was for both entire
Yes, we were looking at each other


How can they write and believe? (PoemTalk #78) Muriel Rukeyser, ‘Ballad of Orange and Grape’ | Jacket2

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Muriel Rukeyser

Muriel Rukeyser Reads | The 1977 Caedmon Records recording via Silliman’s Blog


Muriel Rukeyser

Muriel Rukeyser’s reading at the following link includes the poems Looking at Each Other, Breaking Open, Orpheus, Despisals, Ballad of Orange and Grape, and St. Roach, among others —

Muriel Rukeyser The 1977 Caedmon Records recording produced in association with the 92nd Street Y

Defacing the monument: Rukeyser’s innovations in docupoetics | Jacket2


Defacing the monument | Jacket2.