Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde described herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” and is remembered today for those things, and the wide-reaching impact she had on contemporary poetry. Her poetry is noted for its sincerity and passion and often touched on topics including civil rights and second-wave feminism. Read more about Audre Lorde.

Hanging Fire

‘Hanging Fire’ by Audre Lorde is an incredibly relevant poem. The poet explores a young girl’s perception of her body and life.

If You Come Softly

Lorde’s ‘If You Come Softly’ is a thoughtful poem in which the poet’s speaker talks to a listener about the future and their relationship. 

Power

‘Power’ is based on a real-life murder and court case. This poem was first published in 1978 but is just as relevant today as it was then.

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