Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) is an American poet and political activist best known for her work on social justice, feminism, Judaism and equality.

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.

“If there were no poetry on any day in the world poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.”


One particularly powerful part of Ms. Rukeyser’s work is a collection of poems called The Book of the Dead, which chronicles an industrial disaster in which hundreds of miners died of silicosis.

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