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Appropriating Audre | Bitch Media

Audre Lorde reading at the International Feminist Book Fair in London, 1984. Photo by Dagmar Schultz.

Appropriations of Lorde not only rob her work of nuance, sensuality, and creativity, but also fail to do what she asked most of feminist movements: to center a racial analysis in feminist and queer work.

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2. A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde | resistance poems | Verse

For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
futures
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours;For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive

Source: 2. A Litany for Survival | resistance poems | Verse

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What Is Literary Activism? : Amy King : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

What Is Literary Activism? : Amy King : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation.

sylvides — For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a…

For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.

Poetry is Not a Luxury, Audre Lorde

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Womyn of Color for Decolonization in Riverside, California.

Audre Lorde on the erotic

Audre Lorde, poet and essayist (1934 - 1992)

The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling . . .   Audre Lorde

~ with gratitude to Sista Sasy for reminding me of Audre Lorde’s brilliant work on the nature of the erotic