Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

Audre Lorde’s identity as a “black lesbian feminist socialist mother of two, including one boy, and a member of an inter-racial couple” created an intense intersectionality from which spawned some of the most powerful essays and poetry that are still being used today in queer, feminist, and African-American studies.

While reading her work, keep in mind the expectations put on her gender, race, sexuality, and class and how she rejects and subverts them in her work. Also, keep in mind how she uses anger, especially in the poem “Power,” and what stereotypes about black women she is acknowledging and using.

Generation

Good Mirrors Are Not Cheap

On a Night of the Full Moon

Meet

Portrait

Echoes

Girlfriend

Excerpts from: Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving

 

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