by Audre Lorde
Coal is one of the earliest collections of poems by a woman who, Adrienne Rich writes, "for the complexity of her vision, for her moral courage and the catalytic passion of her language, has already become, for many, an indispensable poet." A rich gathering of songs and love poems, elegies and narratives, Coal evokes views of city life that are "accident and hard-edged, an...more
Hardcover, 70 pages
Published by Norton
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This collection is filled with the pain of loss and separation. Lorde is a poet I have long admired for her courage and public persona, and this work has done nothing to diminish it. As with much poetry, there are many things very personal in these pages, too personal for someone with the limited knowledge of her life's story that I have to be able to be able to interpret well, but the feelings they evoke are undeniable. The longest poem, "Martha", is as heartbreaking a tribute to a person broke...more
Whew! Audre is way too deep for me! But she certainly does have a way with words. My favorite was the title poem "Coal." The line that really resonated with me: "Some words live in my throat breeding like adders." Hmmm...Still ruminating on that!
The theme in section one of this book is being a woman of color that boldly introduces herself as beautiful,strong, creative, an caring child- bearer,and most of all a champion. If you like these type of poems/ short stories this is the book for you.
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 cla...moreMore about Audre Lorde...