Audre Lorde: Poetry Is Not a Luxury

"For within living structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanization, our feelings were not meant to survive. Kept around as unavoidable adjuncts or pleasant pastimes, feelings were expected to kneel to thought as women were expected to kneel to men. But women have survived. As poets. And there are no new pains. …

Chrystos: “I Walk in the History of My People”

There are women locked in my joints for refusing to speak to the police My red blood full of those arrested, in flight, shot my tendons stretched brittle with anger do not look like white roots of peace In my marrow are hungry faces who live on land the whites don't want In my marrow …