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I found this book of earlier poems that Audre Lorde reworked and then published both really fascinating and really inspiring. It's kind of it's own primer on the writing process in the raw, which is a pretty rare thing.
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...