Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country

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Prologue, No. 1, 1972

AUDRE LORDE

Audre Lorde was a Black feminist poet and professor of literature who wrote
about her Caribbean heritage in
Cables of Rageand other works.

Haunted by poems beginning with I
Seek out those whom I love who are deaf
to whatever does not destroy
or curse the old ways that did not serve us
while history falters and our poets are dying
choked into silence by icy distinctions
their death rattles are blind curses
and I hear even my own voice becoming
pale strident whispers
At night sleep locks me into an echoless coffin
sometimes at noon
I dream
there is nothing to fear;

now standing up in the light of my father sun
without shadow
I speak without concern for the accusations

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