Poetry in Protest

I’ve been seeing Audre Lorde quotes all over the place lately, and justifiably so. Ms. Lorde wrote a lot of fantastic poems, many of them overtly political and heavy on social morality. Although she died in 1992, so much of her work could have been written specifically for events happening right now, and it’s that sorrowful timelessness that brought me to posting “Power” today.

by Audre Lorde

The difference between poetry and rhetoric
is being ready to kill
instead of your children.
I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot wounds
and a dead child dragging his shattered black
face off the edge of my sleep
blood from his punctured cheeks and shoulders
is the only liquid for miles
and my stomach
churns at the imagined taste while
my mouth splits into dry lips
without loyalty or reason
thirsting for the wetness of his blood
as it…

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