It is National Poetry Month and we have posted about some of our favorite poets and their poetry. Here are some pieces by my favorite poet, feminist, and revolutionary. We all need some Audre Lorde in our lives.
-Patricia Ekpo, Blog Editor, wants to spread the word of the LordeNow Woman power is Black power is Human power is always feeling my heart beats as my eyes open as my hands move as my mouth speaks I am are you Ready Separation The stars dwindle and will not reward me even in triumph. It is possible to shoot a man in self defense and still notice how his red blood decorates the snow. Making it My body arcing across your white place we mingle color and substance wanting to mantle your cold I share my face with you but love becomes a lie as we suffer through split masks seeking the other half-self. We are hung up in giving what we wish to be given ourselves.
A Black girl
into the woman
and prayed for
their angers.Love, Maybe Always in the middle of our bloodiest battles you lay down your arms like flowering mines to conquer me home.
It is the sink of the afternoon
the children asleep or weary.
I have finished planting the tomatoes
in this brief sun after four days of rain
now there is brown earth under my fingernails
And sun full on my skin
with my head thick as honey
the tips of my fingers are stinging
from the rich earth
but more so from the lack of your body
I have been to this place before
where blood seething commanded
my fingers fresh from the earth
dream of plowing a furrow
whose name should be you.
Lorde, Audre. The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Print.
Her collected works are available here