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Ebook The First Cities by Audre Lorde read! Book Title: The First Cities
The author of the book: Audre Lorde
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 314 KB
Edition: Poet's Press
Date of issue: 1968
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I'm actually reading The Collected Poems, which includes all of Lorde's books of poetry in order of publication, but as others have said they liked some books more than others, I figured I'd review each one on its own.

So, before now I'd read Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, but never any of her poems. Since I love Lorde's prose so much though, I decided to just jump right into the deep end, even though generally poetry is a hard sell for me. I'm glad that I read her prose first, especially Zami, because I'm not sure how much I'd have gotten out of the poems without knowing some of the background behind them. At any rate, I think I'm definitely appreciating it much more knowing that background than I would have otherwise.

While not all of the poems in this first collection of hers resonated with me, surprisingly more did than not, and I once again found myself kind of in awe of Lorde--there's something so evocative in the way she wrote, and I'm happy to find myself just as sucked into her poetry as her prose.

Favorites in this book: Memorial II; Coal; Bridge Through My Windows; Second Spring; Gemini; Oaxaca; Father, the Year is Fallen; If You Come Softly; Return.

And because one time I told a friend that all reviews of poetry should have actual poems in them, I'll include a short one:

Father, the Year is Fallen

Father, the year is fallen.
Leaves bedeck my careful flesh like stone.
One shard of brilliant summer pierced me
And remains.
By this only--unregenerate bone
I am not dead, but waiting.
When last warmth is gone
I shall bear in the snow.

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Ebook The First Cities read Online! Lorde'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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