Monday, February 29, 2016

The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance

     Audre Lorde (1934-1992)  is one of my favorite poets; links to my previous postings of her work in this blog are given below.  Here is the opening poem from one of Lorde's collections, The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance.

     Smelling the Wind       by Audre Lorde

     Rushing headlong
     into new silence
     your face
     dips on my horizon
     the name
     of a cherished dream  
     riding my anchor
     one sweet season
     to cast off
     on another voyage

     No reckoning allowed
     save the marvelous arithmetics
     of distance

Here are links to earlier postings that feature work by Lorde:  December 6, 2010, November 18, 2013,  August 3, 2015.  And here is a link to the Poetry Foundation site where one may find a large number and variety of additional poems and other postings to use in celebration of African American History and Culture.

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