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Critical Review by Denis Donoghue

SOURCE: "Poetic Anger," in The New York Times Book Review, April 21, 1996, pp. 32-3.

In the review below, Donoghue faults the themes and tone of Dark Fields of the Republic, claiming that "each of the poems is interesting mainly because [Rich wrote it."]

Adrienne Rich publishes a new volume of her poetry every three or four years and, less frequently, books of prose on major concerns, especially themes ad feminam. Her readers treasure these books, I imagine, as a series of journals or notebooks, leaflets—evidence of Ms. Rich's desiring, thinking and feeling, her distinctive ways of being alive. As she wrote in The Dream of a Common Language, "The story of our lives becomes our lives."

It hardly matters, then, except to the history of American poetry, that few of her new poems achieve...

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