February 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Audre Lorde




Today marks what would have been the 75th birthday of poet and activist Audre Lorde (she died of cancer in 1992). Audre Lorde is one of my all-time favorite poets. Her blend of the personal and political in her writing has provided a model for what I'd ideally want my own work to look like. In addition, Lorde's writing has made me more conscious of racial issues in relation to feminism, and challenged me to broaden my perspective as a thinker.

In celebration of her birthday, I'd like to post one of my favorite Lorde poems entitled "The Seventh Sense"

The Seventh Sense
Women
who build nations
learn
to love
men
who build nations
learn
to love
children
building sand castles
by the rising sea.

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