In the Evening

In the Evening

Three hours chain-smoking words
and you move on. We stand in the porch,
two archaic figures: a woman and a man.

The old masters, the old sources,
haven't a clue what we're about,
shivering here in the half-dark sixties.

Our minds hover in a famous impasse
and cling together. Your hand
grips mine like a railing on an icy night.

The wall of the house is bleeding. Firethorn!
The moon, cracked every which-way.
pushes steadily on.

1966


from Leaflets (W. W. Norton & Company, 1969), copyright © Adrienne Rich 1969, used by permission of the author

Recordings

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1Antinous: The Diaries

2The Roofwalker

3Night-Pieces: For A Child

4"I Am in Danger - Sir - "

5Spring Thunder

6Face to Face

7Orion

8In the Evening

9For a Russian Poet

10Abnegation

11On Edges

12I Dream I'm The Death of Orpheus

13Letters: March 1969

14Diving into the Wreck

15Power

16Blue Rock

17Delta

18Dreamwood

19Final Notations

20What Kind Of Times Are These

21In Those Years

22To The Days

23Miracle Ice Cream

24Rachel

25The Art of Translation

26Char

27Letters to a Young Poet

28For This

29Fox

30Terza Rima