The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.— Muriel Rukeyser
The most revolutionary Muriel Rukeyser quotes to get the best of your day
However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.
The universe is not made of atoms, but of stories.
If we look long enough and hard enough .
.. we will begin to see the connections that bind us together, and when we recognize those connections, we will begin to change the world.
Reality is the completion of experience.
American poetry has been part of a culture in conflict.
...We are a people tending toward democracy at the level of hope; at another level, the economy of the nation, the empire of business within the republic, both include in their basic premise the idea of perpetual warfare
The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest.The blessing is in the seed.
In time of crisis, we summon up our strength.
Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap to our quickening, every memory that can make us know our power. And this luck is more than it seems to be: it depends on the long preparation of the self to be used.
The journey is my home.
Exchange is creation.
Women in drudgery knew They must be one of four: Whores, artists, saints, and wives. There are composite lives that women always live
Outrage and possibility are in all the poems we know.
Flight is intolerable contradiction.
The process of writing a poem represents work done on the self of the poet, in order to make form.
All the poems of our lives are not yet made.
How can I look back and not speak of the stupid learning about birth? Of the stupid learning that people make love, and how it seemed the reason for all things, the intimacy of my wondering, the illumination that to an adolescent was the cause for life around me, the reason why the unhappy people I knew did not kill themselves?
Hollywood works continually to keep its standard of contempt for the audience.
Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest.
What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.
I hear the singing of the lives of women. They clear mystery, the offering, and pride.
The statement of ideas in a poem may have to do with logic.
More profoundly, it may be identified with the emotional progression of the poem, in terms of the music and images, so that the poem is alive throughout. Another, more fundamental statement in poetry, is made through the images themselves those declarations, evocative, exact, and musical, which move through time and are the actions of a poem.
A work of art is one through which the consciousness of the artist is able to give its emotions to anyone who is prepared to receive them. There is no such thing as bad art.
One writes in order to feel.
I am working out the vocabulary of my silence.
Always our wars have been our confessions of weakness
I think there is choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live.
But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk about sacrifice.
Poetry is, above all, an approach to the truth of feeling.
As we live our truths, we will communicate across all barriers, speaking for the sources of peace. Peace that is not lack of war, but fierce and positive.
I am haunted by interrupted acts, introspective as a leper, enchanted by a repulsive clew, a gross and fugitive movement of the limbs. Is this the love that shook the lights to flame?
Let us not fear the hidden. Or each other.
I lived in the first century of world wars. Most mornings I would be more or less insane.
Beware of those who talk about sacrifice.
The 'idea' for the poem, which may come as an image thrown against memory, as a sound of words that sets off a traveling of sound and meaning, as a curve of emotion (a form) plotted by certain crises of events or image or sound, or as a title which evokes a sense of inner relations; this is the first 'surfacing' of the poem. Then a period of stillness may follow.
Poetry is, above all, an approach to the truth of feeling.
A fine poem will seize your imagination intellectually - that is, when you reach it, you will reach it intellectually too - but the way is through emotion, through what we call feeling.
I remember mother saying : Inventors are like poets, a trashy lot
If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.
Everywhere we are told that our human resources are all to be used, that our civilization itself means the uses of everything it has - the inventions, the histories, every scrap of fact. But there is one kind of knowledge - infinitely precious, time-resistant more than monuments, here to be passed between the generations in any way it may be: never to be used. And that is poetry.
The heavy sensual shoulders, the thighs, the blood-born flesh and earth turning into color, rocks into their crystals, water to sound, fire to form: life flickers uncounted into the supple arms of love.
I will try to be non-violent one more day this morning, waking the world away in the violent day.
I speak to you. You speak to me. Is that fragile?
Never to despise in myself what I have been taught to despise.
Nor to despise the other. Not to despise the it. To make this relation with the it: to know that I am it.
The world is made up of Stories, not Atoms.
The fear of poetry is an indication that we are cut off from our own reality.
We sit here, very different each from the other, until the passion arrives to give us our equality, to make us part of the play, to make the play part of us.
There is also, in any history, the buried, the wasted, and the lost.
the truth of a poem is its form and its content, its music and its meaning are the same.
Whatever can happen to anyone can happen to me.
In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets, There is no penalty for writing poems. They say this. This is the penalty.