By Adrienne Rich
From magazine of recent Literature
"In an interview with invoice Moyers, Adrienne wealthy reviews that the name poem of her 1991 quantity, An Atlas of the tough international, "reflects at the situation of my nation, which I wrote very consciously as a citizen poet, taking a look at the geography, the background, the folk of my country" (345). the explicit occasion that led wealthy to put in writing a poem in regards to the current of the U.S. was once the Persian Gulf battle of 1991, which on a distinct get together she describes because the first Bush administration's ploy to distract humans from household "anger and despair" ("I ensue to Think" 33). "An Atlas of the tough 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 skill to like my country" (Atlas 22). It services as either geography and heritage, providing a wide ranging view of Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties America—the "difficult world" of the title—haunted by way of the contradictory legacies of freedom and oppression, idealism and materialism, democracy and capitalism. Like Whitman, whose attribute ideas of catalogue and anecdote she borrows in her poem, wealthy acknowledges the nice promise of the USA, but additionally recognizes its adverse parts. Like Muriel Rukeyser, the second one very important precursor within the poem, she takes her readers on a street journey to locations they in a different way might by no means threat 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" deals an image of present-day the United States in a kingdom of main issue which, wealthy hopes, can however be reversed and resolved."
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Indd 29 12/01/11 5:19 PM The Two Xs Dos Equis The two exxes The dirtiest man South of Al Hambra And North of it too He was born in the desert dust. No woman’s son He was foreign to the ways of women No man’s son He was lost amongst his brothers They called him Dos Equis The two exxes Nobody ever saw his eyes under the wide brim of his black black hat His skin was cold to the touch beneath his black vest and jeans and snake black boots Dos Equis The two exxes He was given a life without direction without answers When he signed his name he signed an X.
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An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 by Adrienne Rich