Your Native Land Your LifePublished in 1986, this collection includes two extraordinary longer works: “Sources,” and the sequence “Contradictions: Tracking Poems.” Rich wrote about Your Native Land: “In these poems I have been trying to speak from, and of, and to, my country. To speak of a different claim from those staked by the patriots of the sword; to speak of the land itself, the cities, and of the imaginations that have dwelt here, at risk, unfree, assaulted, erased. I believe more than ever that the search for justice and compassion is the great wellspring for poetry in our time, throughout the world.”