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By Adrienne Rich

From magazine of contemporary Literature
"In an interview with invoice Moyers, Adrienne wealthy reviews that the name poem of her 1991 quantity, An Atlas of the tough global, "reflects at the of my nation, which I wrote very consciously as a citizen poet, the geography, the historical past, the folk of my country" (345). the explicit occasion that led wealthy to write down a poem in regards to the current situation of the U.S. used to be the Persian Gulf conflict of 1991, which on a unique social gathering she describes because the first Bush administration's ploy to distract humans from household "anger and despair" ("I take place to Think" 33). "An Atlas of the tricky World" is a longer inquiry into the character of patriotism in time of war—as wealthy says within the poem: "I am bent on fathoming what it capability to like my country" (Atlas 22). It capabilities as either geography and historical past, providing a wide ranging view of Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties America—the "difficult world" of the title—haunted via the contradictory legacies of freedom and oppression, idealism and materialism, democracy and capitalism. Like Whitman, whose attribute suggestions of catalogue and anecdote she borrows in her poem, wealthy acknowledges the nice promise of the USA, but additionally recognizes its unfavorable parts. Like Muriel Rukeyser, the second one very important precursor within the poem, she takes her readers on a highway journey to locations they in a different way might by no means risk to discover. Approximating in size T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, or even together with a few endnotes, "An Atlas of the tough World" bargains an image of present-day the USA in a nation of difficulty which, wealthy hopes, can however be reversed and resolved."

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Vidim jastreba, sa usamljenog hrasta uzleće, pa širi krila i spušta se ka ogoleloj šumi. Vidim dve vrane gde na drugoj strani kruže. Jutros je zec munjevito protrčao kroz baštu. Ovce se kraj ograde skupljaju i tupo zure. U daljini, iznad šume helikopter nisko leti. Nisam potpuno siguran u ono što vidim. Nisam potpuno siguran u ono što čujem. Krv mi kroz umorno telo jednolično struji. Mislim na crvenu grčku pomorandžu. Iz njenog mesa sunčeva slast brzo se cedi. Mislim na oblinu jedne dojke koju u tami pre mnogo godina nisam na rastanku poljubio.

Beyond the beastly din, beyond human vanity, find words the way one finds blackberries in the woods. And, hopefully, grow old as the day grows old, as the plant seeds ripen in August, or the wine in the darkness of a barrel, and in this hour find what is deathless. 1990–1993 43 Oblaci | I oblaci imaju svoju istoriju. Istoriju nastajanja, trajanja 44 i postepenog iščezavanja. Ljudska istorija je priča o prolivanju krvi i zločinu. Istorija oblaka je nežnija. Istorija oblaka je bela. Oblaci se zgušnjavaju pod raznim imenima.

I’m not entirely sure what I’m seeing. I’m not entirely sure what I’m hearing. The blood flows evenly through my tired body. I’m thinking about a red orange from Greece. The way sweet sunlight drips from her pulp. I’m thinking about a round breast in the dark which saying goodbye years ago I didn’t kiss. I seek a solid path or a road between the fields. I repeat all the well-learned lessons about being lost. I sniff the air and gaze from a hill at the populated valley. I’m as sad as a rusty cooking pot thrown in a ditch, as sad as the condensed milk in the refrigerator.

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