Excerpt from

Metaphor to Action



Whether it is a speaker, taut on a platform,
who battles a crowd with the hammers of his words,
whether it is the crash of lips on lips
after absence and wanting : we must close
the circuits of ideas, now generate,
that leap in the body's action or the mind's repose




Muriel Rukeyser at the Academy of American Poets

Muriel Rukeyser at Poetry Foundation

Muriel Rukeyser at Modern American Poetry

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