+THRIVE READING SERIES No: 004

THE BLACK UNICORN
AUDRE LORDE

+ REVIEW

“I remember you only through the eyes of all the forgotten others”

There are poets, and then there are POETS! Audre Lorde is one of the latter. Her writing, her expressionisms are simple and beautifully written. This is a book I was unsure I wanted to read. Many have recommended me her work before. The Black Unicorn sat on my book shelf for close to a year; if not longer, unread save for the occasional glances through the pages.

A writer of her caliber, Audre Lorde’s work comes with its own preconceived notions and baggage. I’d heard about her brilliance, her bravery, her unique-ness. But as an avid reader, I have often found that some of the most praised writers do not just connect with me.  I expected Lorde’s works would fall into that category, just another lauded poet…

“Sometimes I fall like the night, soft and terrible.”

What I found while reading The Black Unicorn was a newly painted world. From the beginning Audre Lorde’s poems pack a punch. I found myself flipping the pages faster and faster, to see what was on the next page, the next line. Lorde traverses mythology, politics, feminism, love, poverty, despair with startling clarity and heavy emotion. She wove a compilation of poetry that left me wanting more.

+LAST THOUGHTS

 Must Read
+ 5 Stars

“My eyes fill up with muddy tears that have no earth to fall upon.”

Four months into my reading project and five books in, Audre Lorde’s voice is completely singular. Her poems go from dark subject matter, with brief glimpses of sunshine that keep them from being overwhelming. I also appreciated the vast knowledge and history woven in between these fantastical worlds that she built. There was vulnerability, pain, gentleness, love, rage and much more. In my opinion she did a fantastic job of portraying the full range of human emotion, something that most other poets don’t seem to do.

The Black Unicorn is a book I should have read earlier, it is a book I am glad to have read.

QUOTED POEMS

1.      The women of Dan dance with swords in their hands to mark the time they were warriors
2.      Chorus
3.      Bicentennial poem # 21,000,000

 

+Release: 1978
+Purchase:  THE BLACK UNICORN - NORTON PAPERBACK