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Book Title: Undersong: Chosen Poems Old and New|
The author of the book: Audre Lorde
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.41 MB
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: October 17th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780393309751
Read full description of the books Undersong: Chosen Poems Old and New:It’s difficult for me to rate or review a book of poetry because my understanding of it is very limited, and poems either hit me or they don’t. When they do, they carry me off somewhere I could never have dreamed of on my own. Audre Lorde did that with many of these, plus she gave me a glimpse into another’s life, one of the aspects of reading I love the most. “For Each of You,” a masterpiece, is filled with important reminders for all of us, including this one:
Is not the most noteworthy star
Only the nearest
Read information about the authorLorde's poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s — in Langston Hughes' 1962 New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines. During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. Her first volume of poetry, The First Cities (1968), was published by the Poet's Press and edited by Diane di Prima, a former classmate and friend from Hunter College High School. Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde "does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone."
Her second volume, Cables to Rage (1970), which was mainly written during her tenure at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, addressed themes of love, betrayal, childbirth and the complexities of raising children. It is particularly noteworthy for the poem "Martha", in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality: "[W]e shall love each other here if ever at all." Later books continued her political aims in lesbian and gay rights, and feminism. In 1980, together with Barbara Smith and Cherríe Moraga, she co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U.S. publisher for women of colour. Lorde was State Poet of New York from 1991 to 1992.
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