The poems in this book absolutely beautiful I recommend reading
them at the same time that you read Zami New Spelling of my Name Audre Lorde has an amazing story at the same time that you read Zami a New Spelling of my Name Audre Lorde has an amazing story tell Her poems have stayed with me for years For those of us who live at the shorelinestanding upon the constant edges of decisioncrucial and alonefor those of us who cannot indulgethe passing dreams of choicewho love in doorways coming and goingin the hours between dawnslooking inward and outwardat once before and
a now that can bread in our children s mouthsso their dreams will not reflectthe death of oursFor those of uswho were imprinted with fearlike a faint line in the center of our foreheadslearning to be afraid with our mother s milkfor by this weaponthis illusion of some safety to be foundthe heavy footed hoped to silence usFor all of usthis instant and this triumphWe were never meant to surviveAnd when the sun rises we are afraidit might not remainwhen the sun sets we are afraidit might not rise in the morningwhen our stomachs are full we are afraidof indigestionwhen our stomachs are empty we are afraidwe may never eat againwhen we are loved we are afraidlove will vanishwhen we are alone we are afraidlove will never returnand when we speak we are afraidour words will not be heardnor welcomedbut when we are silentwe are still afraidSo it is better to speakrememberingwe were never meant to survive Audre Lorde The Black Unicorn It s always hard to review a collection of poems but this is something I want to do for the words of Lorde because it was an absolutely amazing read In only two days I had raced through the collection which says something because you can t speed read through poetry When you read a poem after each and every one you need a moment of pause of reflection and a gaining of understanding The fact that this collection only took two days means I wanted to do nothing but immerse myself further in the words Lorde wroteI originally read this as a recommendation from my sister A little bit about Lorde I have learned that she was a black African American who was born in New York but traveled around the world in her lifetime She had sisters was lesbian a civil rights activist and also a feminist Knowing how to be all those things in her time could not have been easy and you can only come to imagine what level of strength this woman might haveHer poetry was beautifully written because she uses various techniues that make the words what they are I loved her use of repetition especially in poems such as Sahara and Hanging Fire She expertly uses the techniue in the latter poem to build the eerie suspense and leaves an open end to the poem that has the reader hookedAlongside her clever use of metaphors the imagery never becomes too vivid that it is impossible to determine the meaning of the poem Sometimes the clue is in the title Sometimes you ust need to think a little and it s within your reach You come to learn that Lorde was someone who was immersed in current news and an array of her poems reflect events and situations which happened in her timeMost of all I loved the themes she chose to cover There is a distinct number of poems which deal with the difficulties that came along with being coloured in the time of which she wrote this collection And yes some of those poems are still relevant for today She also perfectly captures what it is to be a woman and needing to stand strong and affirm yourself when being looked down upon She brings fourth all the emotions love and care that come along with it too I think these two themes stood out most to meAll I can say is if you re an appreciator of poetry or are looking into trying it this is a collection I can t recommend enoughThis review and others can be found on Olivia s Catastrophe A few weeks ago I mentioned that one of my ambitions for 2016 was to read poetry A few days ago I found a couple of reviews over on GR which recommended Lorde s workI have no intention of writing much about my impressions of her poetry or try an interpretation based on the author s life and experience as if I could Some of the poems were tangible than others but I thought I d offer up some examples COPINGIt has rained for five daysrunningthe world isa round puddleof sunless waterwhere small islandsare only beginningto copea young boyin my gardenis bailing out waterfrom his flower patchwhen I ask him whyhe tells meyoung seeds that have not seensunforgetand drown easilyCONTACT LENSESLacking what they want to seemakes my eyes hungryand eyes can feelonly pain Once I lived behind thick wallsof glassand my eyes belongedto a different ethictimidly rubbing the edgesof whatever turned them onSeeing usuallywas a matter of what wasin front of my eyesmatching what wasbehind my brainNow my eyes have becomea part of me exposeduick risky and opento all the same dangersI see muchbetter nowand my eyes hurt Reading Audre Lorde has proved to be an eually challenging and rewarding endeavor Her poetry reuires allocated concentration in order to meet the plurality of Lorde s artistic expression For plural identity plurality of dissimilarities and oppressions plurality of meaning and intention permeate the poems included in this anthology. Rich continues Refusing to be circumscribed by any simple identity Audre Lorde writes as a Black woman a mother a daughter a Lesbian a feminist a visionary; poems of elemental wil.Afterseeking A Now That Can
Summary ä PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Audre LordeAth of Clifford Glover a ten year old black boy who was killed by a white police officer in South Jamaica ueens New York in 1973excerpt from Power I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot woundsand a dead child dragging his shattered blackface off the edge of my sleepblood from his punctured cheeks and shouldersis the only liuid for miles and my stomachchurns at the imagined taste whilemy mouth splits into dry lipswithout loyalty or reasonthirsting for the wetness of his bloodas it sinks into the whitenessof the desert where I am lostwithout imagery or magictrying to make power out of hatred destructiontrying
Heal My Dying Son With Kissesonly Themy son with kissesonly the will bleach bones uicker Lorde s strongest poetry collection marked by stark images fiery language and elliptical meaning The contrast between the poet s forthright tone and the many readings her layered poems invite makes for an arresting reading experience These poems are like shards of glass refracting the blurred image of some sombre new insight into the human condition the agony of love the pangs of coming to grips with the idea of racial segregation in a world one previously thought had no demarcations the pervasive pessimism of living as reaffirmed by the morning newspaper an elegy to the memories of a childhood friend whose time on earth ran out too soon the melancholic ruminations of a prostitute the absurdity of children of today being raised like slaughterhouse pigs to be sent to the war front tomorrow Coming in and out of citiesuntouched by their magicI think without feelingthis is what men dowho try for some connectionand failand leavefive dollars on the table If the annals of literature are to be consulted most of these are time worn subjects which other renowned poets have regurgitated throughout their distinguished careers after molding them in accordance with their perceptions of the world and its many idiosyncrasies And yet Audre Lorde s words imbued with despondency regret hope and fortitude at the same time tempt you to read them again and again Her lines flow effortlessly despite their innate simplicity maintaining an enviable rhythmic symmetry rendering the reader s tendency to puzzle over esoteric references unnecessary since there are almost none There are a handful of poems here in praise of the female and androgynous forms of divinity worshipped by the inhabitants of the historical kingdom of Dahomey and the Yoruba people of western Nigeria which bring to light the oft overlooked aspects of the cultural ethos of African people But there s a conveniently provided glossary of African terms at the end to better facilitate complete understanding of these You were not my first deathbut your going was not solaced by the usualrituals of separationthe dark lugubrious murmursand invitations by threatto the grownups viewof a child s inelegant painso even nowall these years of death laterI search through the indexof each new bookon magichoping to find some new spellingof your name The implications hidden between her verses do not reinforce a kind of self obsessed confessionalism as often found in Sylvia Plath or Anne Sexton s works or the heavy handed inclusion of so many allusions that the poet s urge to communicate is buried under towering ambitions of dismantling poetic conventions Sometimes her words give the impression of mildly cryptic messages casually scribbled at the back of a notebook perhaps while she may have been staring out of her window distractedly Sometimes they are her anguished lament her impassioned protest wrenched out of her by the brutality of the world or the injustice perpetually dished out to those clinging to the lowermost rungs of the societal ladder for dear life Her Power one of the most influential and well known poems from her entire oeuvre simmers with a righteous rage intense enough to blow a hole through the edifice of white supremacist patriarchy aside from being a tribute to the memory of young Clifford Glover a 10 year old African American boy shot dead by a white cop on duty in South Jamaica ueens New York in 73 who was later acuitted by a white majority ury with a single black female udge Today that 37 year old white man with13 years of police forcinghas been set freeby 11 white men who said they were satisfiedjustice had been doneand one black woman who saidThey convinced me meaningthey had dragged her 4 10 black woman s frame over the hot coals of four centuries of white male approvaluntil she let go of the first real power she ever hadand lined her own womb with cementto make a graveyard for our children Lorde remains one of the few poets in American history who had to contend with the tyranny of conforming to the demands of too many labels conferred on persecuted minorities black woman in a white man s world radical feminist lesbian civil rights activist And yet she managed to breach the boundaries of these individual identities by singing in a richly resonant voice whose musicality still holds the power of bridging gaps relaying the stories of the voiceless and the marginalised healing the scars left by turbulent times and smoothening out our countless differences across continents and timelines In my eyes that makes her a hero than a poe. America beyond the North American earth to Abomey and the Dahomeyan s These are poems nourished in an oral tradition which also blaze and pulse on the page beneath the reader's There is not a spare word in the amalgamation of collouial use of language that includes press news mental dialogues with long gone friends or family and the contrasting sophistication of Lorde s exotic brushstrokes that paint her works with the alien color of African mythology Lorde fuses the casual with the folkloric with firmness akin to a warrior of the written gospel fighting to banish the tyranny of imposed silence The result is a groundbreaking combination that expands Lorde s poetic voice articulates the Afro American uintessence making use of innovative metaphors and unorthodox and elevates personal issues like Lorde s sexual orientation to open debate about sexism homophobia and racism following the trail of the Harlem Renaissance movement of the 1920s The Black Unicorn compiles poems of multifaceted scope The violence of daily life that affects young black men commingles with Lorde s search for the key to unlock the secret of her gender paying special attention to the role of females in the parental unit A legendary world of ancestral Goddesses in the African tradition blends with urban scenes and the poetess individual experience reminding the reader of the reality from where she gathers inspiration to denounce injustice and promote social change through her writing But not everything is social activism or myth in this collection Lorde also addresses childhood friendship or love as determinant aspects to the creative processAn example would be the poem Harriet in which Lorde recreates a truncated friendship where she and her friend would seek refuge from a bigoted community and find release in speaking their fears out loud to each other Harriet there was always somebody calling us crazyor mean or stuck up or evil or blackor blackand we werenappy girls uick as cuttlefishscurrying for covertrying to speak trying to speaktrying to speakthe pain in each others mouthsNonetheless childish dreams come to an end when both girls become adults and a vast void interposes between them The celebratory illusion of self acceptance is dissipated in the last verses of the poem we dreamed the crossed swordsof warrior ueenswhile we avoided each other s eyesand we learned to know lonelyas the earth learns to know dead Muteness has beaten communication Social repression has manacled the imagination of the feminine mind A recurrent motif in Lorde s poems that denotes the lack of empathy between black women in the context of collective subjugation that leads to self debasement and confusion about identityThere is an uninhibited rawness in Lorde s love poems She eulogizes her sexuality and extracts inspiration from the curves of the female body giving shape to the most voluptuous and stimulating stanzas Images of passionate and hurried encounters amidst the lurking presence of violence death and isolation reminded me of the Uruguayan poetess Idea Vilari o
And Her Inclination To Find Relief In Orgasmic Consummation Beforeher inclination to find relief in orgasmic consummation before impending allegorical expiration occursIn Lorde s poem Recreation she recreates her being through the flesh of her lover Two separate persons merge into a perfect unity and lovemaking becomes the conduit to Lorde s poetic activity you create me against your thighs hilly with imagesmoving through our word countries my bodywrites into your fleshthe poemyou make of me The same urgency the same fluidity of the self dissolving with the other that includes the lover in the ensuing artistic creation is also noticeable in Vilari o s poem Si muriera esta noche Original in Spanishview spoiler Si muriera esta noche si pudiera morirsi me muriera si este coito feroz interminable peleado y sin clemencia abrazo sin piedad beso sin tregua alcanzara su colmo y se aflojara si ahora mismo si ahoraentornando los ojos me muriera hide spoiler There was some incredibly powerful imagery here Joan of Arc and Yaa Asantewaa hugging each other in the back of a female inmate s cell people collectively The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States jumping up from the ground and landing on their heads the author s feeling that her skin is tightening and that she will soon shed it aury composed of eleven white man and a black womanHere are some of my highlights in no particular order Dahomey For Assata A Litany for Survival Meet Eulogy for Alvin Frost School Note Outside Woman Journeystones III About ReligionThis is an uneven collection but its poems are almost all raw and deeply impacting Recommended Her poetry is as brilliant as her prose Some of these poems than resonated today and were difficult and painful to read especially Power about the ten year old Black boy Sean Bell who was killed by a racist police officer in 1973 Audre Lorde was such a strong truth teller and master of the craft of poetry For me her poems frankly pulsate with psychic power love feminine majesty pain and cruel facts no one wants to know but must I happened to be reading this collection during the weeks when we learned that there would be no indictments for the police officers who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson MO and Eric Garner in New York City And while this collection of Lorde s poems was published in 1978 two of the 67 poems in this collection The Same Death Over And Over or Lullabies Are For Children and Power mourn the de. Dness and healing nightmare and lucidity Her rhythms and accents have the timelessness of a poetry which extends beyond white Western politics beyond the anger and wisdom of Black.