Poem: “Coal” by Audre Lorde

0 Posted by - January 3, 2018 - BLACK WOMEN, LATEST POSTS

Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger .

Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia in her poetry, and in other literary work.

Concerned with modern society’s tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as “lesbian” and “black woman,” thereby empowering her readers to react to the prejudice in their own lives. Lorde died of liver cancer at age 58 on November 17, 1992, in St. Croix.

Coal

By Audre Lorde
I
Is the total black, being spoken
From the earth’s inside.
There are many kinds of open.
How a diamond comes into a knot of flame
How a sound comes into a word, coloured
By who pays what for speaking.
Some words are open
Like a diamond on glass windows
Singing out within the crash of passing sun
Then there are words like stapled wagers
In a perforated book—buy and sign and tear apart—
And come whatever wills all chances
The stub remains
An ill-pulled tooth with a ragged edge.
Some words live in my throat
Breeding like adders. Others know sun
Seeking like gypsies over my tongue
To explode through my lips
Like young sparrows bursting from shell.
Some words
Bedevil me.
Love is a word another kind of open—
As a diamond comes into a knot of flame
I am black because I come from the earth’s inside
Take my word for jewel in your open light.
source:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/audre-lorde

44 Comments

  • istripper crack May 15, 2019 - 5:50 am Reply

    Thank You for this.

  • krunker hacks May 16, 2019 - 4:16 am Reply

    Appreciate it for this howling post, I am glad I observed this internet site on yahoo.

  • fortnite aimbot download May 16, 2019 - 8:10 am Reply

    Ha, here from google, this is what i was browsing for.

  • nonsensediamond May 16, 2019 - 10:23 pm Reply

    Cheers, great stuff, Me like.

  • fallout 76 cheats May 17, 2019 - 1:51 am Reply

    Good Morning, bing lead me here, keep up great work.

  • I must say got into this website. I found it to be interesting and loaded with unique points of view.

  • redline v3.0 May 17, 2019 - 10:04 am Reply

    Hi, i really think i will be back to your page

  • chaturbate hack cheat engine 2018 May 17, 2019 - 11:30 pm Reply

    I like this website its a master peace ! Glad I found this on google .

  • led ryggsäck May 18, 2019 - 6:23 am Reply

    Hi, happy that i saw on this in bing. Thanks!

  • mining simulator 2019 May 18, 2019 - 10:22 pm Reply

    Appreciate it for this howling post, I am glad I observed this internet site on yahoo.

  • smutstone May 20, 2019 - 3:01 am Reply

    Great, this is what I was browsing for in yahoo

  • redline v3.0 May 20, 2019 - 10:29 pm Reply

    I dugg some of you post as I thought they were very beneficial invaluable

  • This helps. Thanks!

  • nonsense diamond May 22, 2019 - 9:31 am Reply

    I consider something really special in this site.

  • krunker aimbot May 22, 2019 - 9:50 pm Reply

    I really got into this article. I found it to be interesting and loaded with unique points of interest.

  • Thanks for this web. I definitely agree with what you are saying.

  • vn hax May 23, 2019 - 10:12 am Reply

    I truly enjoy looking through on this web site , it holds superb content .

  • eternity.cc v9 May 23, 2019 - 11:00 pm Reply

    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thankyou .

  • ispoofer pogo activate seriale May 24, 2019 - 9:20 am Reply

    I conceive this web site holds some real superb information for everyone : D.

  • cheats for hempire game May 25, 2019 - 9:59 pm Reply

    This i like. Thanks!

  • iobit uninstaller 7.5 key May 26, 2019 - 12:47 am Reply

    Great, this is what I was looking for in yahoo

  • smart defrag 6.2 serial key May 26, 2019 - 7:06 am Reply

    Intresting, will come back here more often.

  • resetter epson l1110 May 26, 2019 - 9:34 am Reply

    Thanks for this web. I definitely agree with what you are saying.

  • sims 4 seasons code free May 26, 2019 - 10:51 pm Reply

    I was looking at some of your articles on this site and I believe this internet site is really instructive! Keep on posting .

  • rust hacks May 27, 2019 - 11:28 am Reply

    Thank You for this.

  • strucid hacks May 28, 2019 - 1:45 am Reply

    Great, google took me stright here. thanks btw for info. Cheers!

  • expressvpn key May 28, 2019 - 10:50 am Reply

    Thank You for this.

  • ispoofer pokemon go license key May 28, 2019 - 11:58 pm Reply

    Cheers, great stuff, I like.

  • aimbot free download fortnite May 29, 2019 - 3:58 am Reply

    This is nice!

  • redline v3.0 May 29, 2019 - 8:25 am Reply

    Very interesting points you have remarked, appreciate it for putting up.

  • gamefly free trial May 29, 2019 - 8:57 pm Reply

    Having read this I thought it was really enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • vn hax May 29, 2019 - 9:37 pm Reply

    I simply must tell you that you have an excellent and unique post that I must say enjoyed reading.

  • xbox one mods free download May 31, 2019 - 4:10 am Reply

    Me enjoying, will read more. Cheers!

  • fortnite aimbot download May 31, 2019 - 6:55 am Reply

    Some truly cool article on this web site , appreciate it for contribution.

  • mpl pro June 1, 2019 - 10:01 am Reply

    I am not rattling great with English but I get hold this really easygoing to read .

  • hacks counter blox script June 1, 2019 - 10:06 pm Reply

    I like this article, useful stuff on here : D.

  • gamefly free trial June 2, 2019 - 7:22 pm Reply

    I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog.
    I really hope to see the same high-grade content from you in the future as well.

    In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my
    own, personal site now 😉

  • fortnite aimbot free June 3, 2019 - 1:55 am Reply

    Ni hao, here from bing, i enjoyng this, i will come back soon.

  • gamefly free trial June 4, 2019 - 4:01 pm Reply

    Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the challenges.
    It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Rebsoli June 5, 2019 - 10:31 pm Reply

    Zithromax Weight Gain viagra Acheter Viagra Pas Chere Cialis Y Precio

  • gamefly free trial June 6, 2019 - 4:48 am Reply

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this website needs a great deal more
    attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks
    for the advice!

  • ปั้มไลค์ June 12, 2019 - 12:02 am Reply

    Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

  • vn hax June 16, 2019 - 11:21 am Reply

    Very interesting points you have remarked, appreciate it for putting up.

  • Rebsoli June 17, 2019 - 11:08 am Reply

    Levitra Dolor De Cabeza Xenical viagra Amoxicillin For Colds

  • Leave a reply