a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Audre Lorde

Posted on: February 15, 2012

Audre Lorde*was a poet, writer, feminist, activist lesbian who died of cancer in 1992.  Born to parents from Grenada and raised in NYC, Lorde spoke out against the feminist writing of the 1960s for it’s lack of acknowledgement of the black feminists in its midst.   The Audre Lorde Project, which operates in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, keeps Audre’s spirit alive by being an organization that has advocated for queer youth of color for the past 15 years.

 

Who Said it Was Simple

There are so many roots to the tree of anger
that sometimes the branches shatter
before they bear.
Sitting in Nedicks
the women rally before they march
discussing the problematic girls
they hire to make them free.
An almost white counterman passes
a waiting brother to serve them first
and the ladies neither notice nor reject
the slighter pleasures of their slavery.
But I who am bound by my mirror
as well as my bed
see causes in color
as well as sex

and sit here wondering
which me will survive
all these liberations

 

*I noticed that Wikipedia classifies Audre as African American in the sidebar…

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