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The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde Paperback – February 17, 2000
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This is the definitive and complete Audre Lorde collection, including original and revised versions of Lorde's previously unavailable early poems and her later work, which Robin Morgan calls "sinewy, lyrical, celebratory even in the face of death." Lorde was able to write indignantly about political matters ("jessehelms," her excoriation of the right-wing icon, is outrageously funny and angry), and her eloquence from the margins made her an inspiration to many readers. Lorde's writings about family, erotic love, and quiet, beautiful moments of reflection also leave a deep impression. As Adrienne Rich has noted: "These are poems which blaze and pulse on the page." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Lorde?a recent New York State poet, author of ten books, a self-styled "black lesbian mother warrior poet," and matriarch of the North American lesbian feminist movement?has been sorely missed since her death of cancer in 1992. For readers familiar with Lorde's seminal essays in Sister Outsider (1984), this volume offers a complementary view. The poems are not easy to read in that many of them document the everyday horrors of racism and sexism, eulogizing victims who would otherwise have been forgotten, Lorde's commitment to the fight against injustice, her struggle to raise her children, and her insistence on honest communication with women and men she considered her sisters and brothers are rendered passionately and urgently throughout her oeuvre, from The First Cities, published in 1968, to her posthumous The Marvelous Arithmetic of Distance (Norton, 1993). Lorde's ties that bind are those of blood and also of passion and conviction. Recommended where Lorde's work is popular.?Ina Rimpau, Newark P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A must-have for poets and an incredible teaching resource.
The reason? Audre Lorde was one of the great poets. She was one of the great people. $13 for THIS? The Collected Poems is almost 500 pages of blinding insight into corners of The American (via the micro... via the personal) Experience too often overlooked. Audre's cup ranneth over when it came to the gifts of wisdom, grace and just the right amount of righteous anger. I don't for a second question the judgement of anyone who gives this 5 stars. My favorite poems here are in the stratosphere. The pantheon.
This isn't just a sampler, though. This is the complete collection of her poetry. I assume some of these volumes were previously out of print for a while. No longer. Inside, you get The First Cities (1968), Cables To Rage (1970), From A Land Where Other People Live (1973), New York Head Shop and Museum (1974), Coal (1976), Between Our Selves (1976), The Black Unicorns (1978), the new poems from Chosen Poems: Old and New (1982), Our Dead Behind Us (1986) and The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance (1993).
Pulling down statues of rock from their high places
we must level the expectation
upon which they stand
waiting for us
to fulfill their image
for our feet to replace them.
This, the aforementioned June Jordan book, When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist and America, My Brother, My Blood / América, mi hermano, mi sangre: A Latin American Song of Suffering and Resistance (Ocean Sur) (Spanish Edition) are 4 of the best books I've bought in the past few years. I believe they could help most anyone feel more connected in an unforgiving world.