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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (February 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393319725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393319729
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott Woods on March 16, 2003
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Collecting the work of the incredibly accessible and graceful Lorde, this book gives you not only all of her work in one fell swoop, but one of the best overviews of style and voice that can be found in one poet.
A must-have for poets and an incredible teaching resource.
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In my opinion, Audre Lorde is one of the best poets of our time. Her words create vibrant images in the mind, as well as indelibly printing their echoes on the heart. Whether harsh and dark, or light and singing, her verse is incomparable. This book, a collection of her works, can be nothing less than brilliant simply for being exactly what it is. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes poetry -- and even some who don't. Lorde can change your view of the genre if anyone can.
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This complete and sometimes redundant collection of one of America's greatest poets and voice of her people is magnificent and worth savory. Keep it nearby and let a poem or two sooth your soul, or indeed make you thinking deeply. We lost Audre too early in her life. I wonder what she would be saying today!?
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I stopped smoking when Audre Lorde died of cancer on November 17, 1992, the day Rebecca Walker turned 23. I had taken women's studies at the graduate level at my alma mater, that spring, and I began to read a lot of work by women authors, especially Alice Walker, who wrote, "My Daughter Smokes," an essay that got her own daughter to stop smoking cigarettes in her teens. I estimate I read that essay before Audre died. My favorite choreographer, Kenneth MacMillan, who also smoked, as Audre did, died of a sudden heart attack, while backstage reviving his ballet, "Mayerling," just three weeks prior. I only recently found out about Audre dying at that time, too, so I am getting her work to read, too.
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Stars, stars, how many stars to give? Had I reviewed this book several years ago I'd have given 5 stars. In the interim, Corn Meal Dance finally pushed me into checking out Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan for myself. I went crazy for her so for the purposes of reviewing I'm giving that one the edge in stars. Still, there's a reason why I checked this book out from the library so many times over the course of a couple years before finally deciding I needed to own it so I could have these words whenever I needed them.

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).
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This book of poetry should be required for life. It is one of the most inspirationational books ever. Audre Lorde's work will live forever through this work and I highly recommend it.
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This poet is a long time favorite of my son. And there is all the Audre Lorde poetry in this large volume you would ever want to read.
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