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Love Touches So

Now comes an excerpt from Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry, published in 1949. She opens the book with an analysis of the fear of poetry; the fear of “an approach to the truth of feeling.”

The images, added by DP, are Clyfford Still’s 1949-A-No.1 and Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse.

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Rukeyser had already broached the subject of metrophobia a decade earlier, in her 1939 poem READING TIME: 1 MINUTE 26 SECONDS:

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