The Marvelous Arithmetic of Distance: Poems, 1987-1992

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“This volume resonates with some of the finest poems Audre Lorde ever wrote: sinewy, lyrical, celebratory even in the face of death, and always political in the best sense. Now the poet is gone—but the work lives, and sings.” —Robin Morgan
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. Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was the author of ten volumes of ...

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Overview

“This volume resonates with some of the finest poems Audre Lorde ever wrote: sinewy, lyrical, celebratory even in the face of death, and always political in the best sense. Now the poet is gone—but the work lives, and sings.” —Robin Morgan
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. Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was the author of ten volumes of poetry and five works of prose. She was named New York State Poet in 1991; her other honors include the Manhattan Borough President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lorde's ( A Burst of Light ) poems have always melded the political and lyrical worlds, the ordinary and the luminous, addressing controversial topics that she struggled with as a black lesbian poet, and the work in The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance is no exception. These poems are reminders of her characteristic themes, from ecstatic poems of love and self-discovery to others grappling with cancer and the fear of death. The work here enhances Lorde's tradition of clipped, sparse lines that turn unexpectedly from one subject to another, and of arresting and often unabashedly political imagery. Some of the poetry about death is haunting, as in the last stanza of ``Speechless:'' ``Death / folds the corners of my mouth / into a heart-shaped star / sits on my tongue like a stone / around which your name blossoms / distorted.'' Or in ``Restoration: A Memorial--9/18/91,'' a poem describing the aftermath of hurricane Hugo, which devastated the house Lorde lived in, but was written from another continent, where she was undergoing chemotherapy: ``In this alien and temporary haven / my poisoned fingers / slowly return to normal / I read your letter dreaming / the perspective of a bluefish / or a fugitive parrot.'' (Aug.)
Booklist
“This welcome collection, spanning the last half-decade of Lorde's life, shows the poet connecting the personal and the political with a fluent, conversational voice that holds the reader like great oratory.”
Alice Walker
“In these last poems we recognize the same vibrant, brave and generous soul we knew before. A wonder in itself.”
Robin Morgan
“This volume resonated with some of the finest poems Audre Lorde ever wrote: sinewy, lyrical, celebratory even in the face of death, and always political in the best sense. Now the poet is gone—but the work lives, and sings.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393311709
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 70
  • Sales rank: 1,234,787
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Audre Lorde (1934-1992) published nine volumes of poetry and five works of prose. She was a recipient of many distinguished honors and awards, including honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford Colleges, and was named New York State Poet (1991-1993).

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Table of Contents

Smelling the Wind 3
Legacy - Hers 4
Making Love to Concrete 5
Echoes 7
Domino 9
Thaw 10
Party Time 11
Prism 13
Do You Remember Laura 14
Inheritance - His 15
The One Who Got Away 20
Depreciation 21
Syracuse Airport 22
Thanks to Jesse Jackson 23
Judith's Fancy 24
Production 25
Building 26
jessehelms 27
Dear Joe 29
Women on Trains 31
The Politics of Addiction 34
Kitchen Linoleum 36
Oshun's Table 37
Parting 38
Peace on Earth 39
Restoration: A Memorial - 9/18/91 40
Starting All Over Again 42
What It Means to Be Beautiful 44
Hugo I 45
Construction 47
Speechless 48
For Craig 49
East Berlin 50
The Night-blooming Jasmine 52
Girlfriend 54
Lunar Eclipse 55
Change 56
Today Is Not the Day 57
The Electric Slide Boogie 60
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