Audre Lorde Tribute

February 19, 2014
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Audre Lorde
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By Blanche Wiesen Cook and Clare Coss To Audre – beloved friend – as a galactic birthday celebration your words went viral on the internet this week:  “It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.”  White southern sports anchor Dale Hansen quoted you on live Dallas TV in defense of linebacker Michael Sam’s coming out as gay.  Your...
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Audre Lorde at 80

February 19, 2014
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By Cheryl Clarke Editors note: Since this is a special 80th birthday anniversary forum in celebration of one of our ancestor heroines, and Cheryl Clarke was a peer and contemporary of the celebrant, TFW made the editorial decision to republish some of Clarke’s words. Were Audre Lorde here today–and I really wish she was–she would be saying the same things she said before she left us. Her words are...
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Dismantling the Master’s House

February 19, 2014
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By  Nancy K. Bereano Audre Lorde’s powerful presence and visionary words made her iconic, one of the most influential thinkers and writers of the culturally rich lesbian-feminist 1980s.  Her prose (essays and a biomythography) and poetry were touchstones for a generation of lesbians who both sought and were pushed into ever-expanding political consciousness.  All of the political struggles, both within the lesbian community—racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism—and the “outside”...
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To Hell With The Goddess: In Celebration of the Human Person Audre Lorde

February 19, 2014
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By Thomas Glave Even as I write these words I myself feel some ambivalence in regard to the “To hell with” in this work’s title.  For haven’t I, like countless others, also worshipped at the Goddess-Audre’s temple?  Haven’t I, like so many black queers and others, worshipped the woman and the icon, the Poet-Goddess and the Black-Lesbian-Warrior-Mother-Poet mythic construction?  Worshipped – naively, in my case, and sometimes even stupidly,...
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The Lorde Works in Mysterious and Magical Ways: An Introduction to TFW’s Audre Lorde Forum

February 18, 2014
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Students & friends after Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins & Melinda Goodman's guest lecture in Simmons' Lorde seminar

I write libation to all those known and unknown ancestors across lifetimes that have gone before me and upon whose shoulders I literally stand. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 is the 80th birthday anniversary of Audre Lorde, the self-defined Black Lesbian Feminist Mother Warrior Poet. In her short lifetime in the physical form, Sister Lorde published ten volumes of poetry and five works of prose, including Zami: A New Spelling...
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Medicines for Our Survival: The Continuation of the Life of Audre Lorde

February 18, 2014
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Audre Lorde
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By M. Jacqui Alexander A Libation: Omi Tútù Ó Mì Tútù Ile Tútù Ona Tútù Tútù Laróyè Tútù Egún Tútù  Irúnmalè Cool water It effects coolness Cool relatives Cool house Cool road Cool owner of talkativeness (Èsù) Cool Ancestors Cool Earth Spirits  (See John Mason, Four New World Yorùbá Rituals, Brooklyn, NY: Yoruba Theological Archministry, 1985: 55) Peace.  I ask the ancestors of this land upon which we walk,...
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Prologue: Audre Lorde – Word and Action

February 18, 2014
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Jewelle Gomez & Audre Lorde
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By Jewelle Gomez I’ve been thinking about Audre more than usual because I recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of my black, feminist, lesbian, vampire novel, The Gilda Stories. After Nancy Bereano, the book’s publisher, Audre shares a big responsibility for my novel’s existence. How a quote from one of her poems came to be an epigram for the novel is a capsule story of my relationship...
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lovesong from the daughters of your pen

February 18, 2014
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Audre Lorde
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By Evie Shockley                     lovesong from the daughters of your pen   .            big and complex as a world. sharp and boisterous as an idea. alive .            to us only in words: no wonder we   .            see you as encyclopedic. the lucky ones who heard your elemental  .           laughter, who sought and fought   .            your strong actual arms...
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Personal is Political: Accepting, Nurturing, Celebrating the Black Mother Within

February 18, 2014
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By Ness white “The Black mother who is the poet in every one of us…that back place where we keep those unnamed, untamed longings for something different and beyond what is now called possible.” -Audre Lorde I am beginning to let her out, that Black mother poet within, beginning to show her to the world—break down the walls that render her silent, that keep her from building community and...
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Personal is Political: Audre Lorde: Sister Insider

February 18, 2014
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challenging racism within the women’s movement

By Pratibha Parmar My own trajectory as a queer, feminist activist and filmmaker has roots in the 1980s when I first came across the writings of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Alice Walker, Angela Y. Davis, and Barbara Smith. Equally important were the publications of Kitchen Table Press, which published the 2nd edition of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a feminist anthology edited by...
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The difference between poetry…

February 18, 2014
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Audre Lorde
Image Credit: © Dagmar Shultz

A Collective Love Poem by The Audre Lorde Project                     The . difference between poetry and . rhetoric is . being ready . to kill yourself instead . of your children ~Audre Lorde, “Power”   Through shades of doubt and self loathing I heard a song about unity. cherishing differences between us . You gave me the courage to find...
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