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“I am a Black woman
writing my way to the future”

Berlin is Hard on Colored Girls

“Perhaps a strange woman walks down from the corner
into my bedroom
wasps nest behind her ears
she is eating a half-ripe banana”

Domino

“On Thursday she buried her featherbed
at the foot of the garden
a Manx cat’s bleached pelvic bone twirled in the sun.”

To The Poet Who Happens to Be Black and The Black Poet Who Happens to Be a Woman

“I was born in the gut of Blackness
from between my mother’s particular thighs”

Fishing the White Water

“Men claim the easiest spots
stand knee-deep in calm dark water where the trout is proven.”

A Poem for Women in Rage

“A killing summer heat wraps up the city
emptied of all who are not bound to stay”
>The Trollop Maiden
“But my life is not portable now
said the trollop maiden
I need fixed light
to make my witless orchids
grow”
The Women of Dan Dance with Their Swords in Their Hands To Mark the Time When They Were Warriors

“I did not fall from the sky
I
nor descend like a plague of locusts”

Rites of passage

to MLK jr.

“Now rock the boat to a fare-thee-well
Once we suffered dreaming
into the place where the children are playing”

The Old Days

“Everyone wants to know
how it was in the old days”


Read more free content by and about Audre Lorde from JSTOR’s companion to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List. Just search for “Lorde” on the Google doc to find poems, essays, and criticism. Learn more about this initiative.

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Callaloo, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Winter, 1991), pp. 39-40
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Callaloo, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Winter, 1991), pp. 57-58
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Callaloo, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Winter, 1991), pp. 62-64
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Sinister Wisdom, Volume 1, Issue 3, April 1977
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