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The Best American Poetry 1996

  Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1951, the year her first book of poems was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Since then she has published more than fifteen volumes of poetry, three collections of essays, and a feminist study of motherhood. Her work has been translated into German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Hebrew, Greek, Italian, and Japanese. Her books include Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963), Diving into the Wreck (1973), The Dream of a Common Language (1978), Time’s Power (1989), Collected Early Poems, 1950-1970 (1993), and Dark Fields of the Republic (W. W. Norton, 1995). In 1992 she received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for An Atlas of the Difficult World, and in 1994 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (W. W. Norton, 1993) is her most recent critical book. Ms. Rich has lived in California since 1984.

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