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Audre Lord's writing was complex enough to be both fierce and subtle, and this collection is the best overview of her impressive career. Adrienne Rich has said that Lord wrote with power and clarity, especially about "love and anger, family, politics, sexuality, and the body of the city." True enough: "Gemini" is a stunning intertwining of personal and political issues; "Love Poem," evokes the rhythms of sex, time and the heavens; and the haiku-influenced "Separation" shows the clarity and economy other writers have so admired in Lord's work. These poems still have a lot to teach us all.

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“... It comprises a thoroughgoing revision of Lorde's early poems, 1950-1979, along with nine hitherto unpublished poems from that period, and an essay describing the revision process. Readers new to Lorde's work will meet here a major American poet whose concerns are international, and whose words have left their mark on many lives. Readers of , , , , and , and the thousands who have attended her poetry readings and speeches, will recognize in this book the roots and the growing-points of a transformative writer. Never has a poet left so clear and conscious a track of artistic choices made in the trajectory of a life. Far from rewriting old poems to fit a changes historical moment, she has finely rehoned formal elements to illuminate the original poems. Throughout, Lorde's lifelong themes of love and anger, family politics, sexuality, and the body of the city can be seen gathering in power and clarity.” — Adrienne Rich

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393309754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393309751
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poet, novelist, activist, and mother of two, AUDRE LORDE grew up Harlem in the 1930s. She earned a master's degree in library science from Columbia University and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She is the author of 12 books. She died in 1992.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CML28@YAHOO.COM on October 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Undersong" collects Lord's early and later poems. She bravely revealed her feelings in her love poems. The power and the clarity spread out in this book, especially when she wrote about anger, family, politics, and sexuality. The images are unforgettable. This is a book you shouldn't miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
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Undersong collects a thoroughgoing revision of Lorde's earky poems along with several later poems. Lorde's powerful words and direct expression touch my heart. Especially about love and anger, family, and sexuality, she wrote with truth and faith. The images and feelings are unforgettable. These poems let us think deeply. If you like poem, this is a book you sould not miss it.
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The cover was slightly frayed, but not too badly. There were pieces of paper in the book (probably used as bookmarks). They werent bothersome, in fact i found them interesting. As far as the content, theres a lot of poems. I'm a big fan of Audre's book Zami and her essays and speeches. I feel the poems need to be read more than once to understand sometimes and require interpretation to appreciate. This is not for people who just want to read easy, rhyming poems.
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