“Now you have made loneliness holy and useful and no longer needed
your light shines brightly but I want you
your darkness also
and beyond fear”
This past weekend was the last session of “Your Silence Will Not Protect You” our monthly Audre Lorde Reading/Discussion Group, it was beautiful and bittersweet. Thank you so much to @wendyssubway for hosting these gatherings. I am grateful to the folks that came each month with open hearts and minds, ready and willing to dive into the work!! It has been an honor, a blessing and a deep challenge for me to lead these conversations on the poetry, essays and life of this amazing woman who defined herself as a Black, lesbian, mother, warrior poet. Her genius and humanity inspired each one of us in so many ways. Each session we read an excerpt of her work, or her poems, watched interviews and listened to readings. We talked in detail about how it connects to our own artistry, politics and identity, I would then offer writing prompts inspired by the work, which we shared with each other. The sharings were my favorite part because people got honest, brave and raw!! Also amazing and creative writing!! We closed each session with an affirmation. This gorgeous book stack represents our source material, her books ZAMI, SISTER OUTSIDER, THE CANCER JOURNALS, her poetry collection, and her biography WARRIOR POET by Alexis Deveaux.
For those interested in knowing more about our sessions I will be sharing the details and notes from each one on the Patreon for the library!! Link in bio!! Become a patron for as low as $2 a month and you will have it all, the readings, the questions, the prompts and the affirmations. If you’re into writing, poetry, Black Feminism, Audre Lorde, journaling and rituals of self reflection type exercises you will definitely dig it and find it worthy. 🖤💛🖤 #audrelorde #audre #sisteroutsider #theblackunicorn #patreon #bookstagram #booklove #blacklibrary #writerswrite #blackwomanbibliophile #poetry #essays #womenshistorymonth #journaling #freeblackwomenslibrary