This essay © by Rachel Blau DuPlessis and the University of Alabama Press appeared in, and is available from, Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006: 122-136. All rights reserved. It was originally published in a slightly different form in Modernism/ Modernity, 9. 3 (September 2002): 389-405. Critical cliché says […]
In this poem, granite means graniteware, a grainy pattern of speckled enameling on tin utensils, but the word also leaps to the stone that connotes hardness, steadfastness, solidity, monumentality.