Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Dimensions of Love

Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Dimensions of Love

Article excerpt

This poem speaks explicitly about location and transportation. It speaks to how Black women perform radical love in several micro-locales, and also how the affect of a Black woman's love transports the beloved from one state to another.

Dimensions of Love

To love is a radical act.

Black women act not only on stage, but

behind the desk.

in the bedroom.

on the street.

at the altar.

in the kitchen.

behind bars.

We transform,

social relationships in ways that seek justice and freedom.

We emancipate,

our minds and bodies.

We commit,

to love deeply, radically, unconditionally, and with belonging.

We, mothers and sisters of liberation,

do this as an act of inheritance.

You know,

pressure produces the most precious diamonds. …

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