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The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance: Poems: 1987-1992

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This collection, 39 poems written between 1987 and 1992, is the final volume by "a major American poet whose concerns are international, and whose words have left their mark on many lives," in the words of Adrienne Rich.
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published September 17th 1993 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1993)
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Morgan
Oct 13, 2015 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intensely beautiful and moving. Audre Lorde was clearly one of the twentieth century's best poets.
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Shelves: poetry, 2015
lovely weaving of intimacies and encounters
Tracy E.
Nov 27, 2012 Tracy E. rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like these. Tried to get into them. The topics are important, but it's the highly metaphorical language that gets in the way. I really can't follow what's going on. It's apparent Lourde had big ideas about issues that affected her life, I just can't experience them in the poems because of the metaphorical barrier. The only times where I can glimpse are in the poems that are more straightforward with sparser use of metaphor, which begins about halfway through until the end. The ...more
Andrea
May 07, 2008 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the way Lorde combines elegies for her parents, herself, and her friends with larger elegies for political atrocities. A nice melding of the personal and the political, although I have to admit (reluctantly) to preferring the personal in this collection.
Satia
Aug 04, 2009 Satia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically, this is a reread. I read this ages ago and wanted to reread it because I remembered that I liked it but not why. Now I remember. It's Lorde, herself.

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Oct 16, 2013 Jean Marie Angelo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Read this during the year of Stonewall 25. Her final volume of poems. Sorry she is gone.
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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 ...more
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