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Book Title: Our Dead Behind Us: Poems|
The author of the book: Audre Lorde
ISBN 13: 9780393312386
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.25 MB
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: August 17th 1994
Read full description of the books Our Dead Behind Us: Poems:Lorde is a lauded poet published by a major house, so I assume her quality. I must have a blind spot when it comes to her work. I did not like a single poem in this collection. I disliked different poems for one of three reasons.
The first are poems I do not understand. After multiple readings, I do not believe the author gives us enough information for these poems to make sense. Perhaps some words are coded for those in the know?
She has a way of treating the mundane as if it is momentous. Perhaps it is, but it was not often clear why.
Then there are the poems I quote liked until the last few lines, at which point Lorde takes it in another direction that seems unwarranted by all that came before. I presume this new direction is really the point, but in no instance did it seem better to me.
I hope that you can enjoy Lorde's work, for I cannot.
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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