Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972

Winner, National Book Awards 1974 for Poetry

cover of Diving into the Wreck Poems 1971-1972 by Adrienne Rich
ISBN 9780393043846
W W Norton & Co Ltd
photo of Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich

Widely read, widely anthologized, widely interviewed, and widely taught, Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of the best-known American public intellectuals. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose. More about this author >

Award Years

Award Status

Award Categories

“I came to explore the wreck. / The words are purposes. / The words are maps. / I came to see the damage that was done / and the treasures that prevail.” These provocative poems move with the power of Rich’s distinctive voice.

When Adrienne Rich won the National Book Award in Poetry, she was joined on stage by Audre Lorde and Alice Walker.  They jointly accepted the award on behalf of all women.