by Idra Novey

Unasked Questions

The accumulating impact of Adrienne Rich

In her newest book of poems, Adrienne Rich offers a supposition: suppose we came back as ghosts asking the unasked questions. And yet, Rich doesn’t seem to need to be anyone other than herself to voice what has gone unasked. She has been doing so since the publication of her first book, A Change of World, in 1951. Over the half century that’s followed, she’s charted the under-asked questions of an increasingly globalized world, and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth (W.W. Norton, $23.95) is no exception.

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