How can I look back and not speak of the stupid learning about birth? Of the stupid learning that people make love, and how it seemed the reason for all things, the intimacy of my wondering, the illumination that to an adolescent was the cause for life around me, the reason why the unhappy people I knew did not kill themselves?
p. 222 (The Book of the Dead)
These are roads to take when you think of your country and interested bring down the maps again, phoning the statistician, asking the dear friend, reading the papers with morning inquiry.Muriel Rukeyser
Here is your road, tying you to its meanings : gorge, boulder, precipice. Telescoped down, the hard and stone-green river cutting fast and direct into the town.Muriel Rukeyser
What do you want a cliff over a city? A foreland, sloped to sea and overgrown with roses ? These people live here.Muriel Rukeyser
The statement of ideas in a poem may have to do with logic . More profoundly, it may be identified with the emotional progression of the poem, in terms of the music and images, so that the poem is alive throughout. Another, more fundamental statement in poetry, is made through the images themselves those declarations, evocative, exact, and musical, which move through time and are the actions of a poem.Muriel Rukeyser
We sit here, very different each from the other, until the passion arrives to give us our equality, to make us part of the play, to make the play part of us.Muriel Rukeyser
All the poems of our lives are not yet made.Muriel Rukeyser
The Universe is made of stories , not of atoms.Muriel Rukeyser
I lived in the first century of world wars. Most mornings I would be more or less insane.Muriel Rukeyser
We would try to imagine them, try to find each other, To construct peace, to make love, to reconcile Waking with sleeping, ourselves with each other, Ourselves with ourselves. We would try by any means To reach the limits of ourselves, to reach beyond ourselves, To let go the means, to wake.Muriel Rukeyser
O for God 's sake they are connected underneath.Muriel Rukeyser
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