Literary Birthday – 15 December – Muriel Rukeyser

Muriel Rukeyser was born 15 December 1913, and died 12 February 1980.

Five Quotes

  1. The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
  2. Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
  3. No one wants to read poetry. You have to make it impossible for them to put the poem down—impossible for them to stop reading it, word after word. You have to keep them from closing the book.
  4. Exchange is creation.
  5. If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.

Muriel Rukeyser was an American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism. Her works include Out of Silence and The Life of Poetry.


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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 15th December 2013