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Author: LORDE, AUDRE
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Lorde, Audre    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Adisa-warrior, Gamba
334 poems available by this author


125TH STREET AND ABOMEY       
First Line: Head bent, walking through snow
Last Line: All the world shall remember


A SONG FOR MANY MOVEMENTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Nobody wants to die on the way
Subject(s): Social Protest


A WOMAN SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Moon marked and touched by sun
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


ABOUT RELIGION       
First Line: After church
Last Line: And even my mother %grudgingly %flung down


AFTER A FIRST BOOK       
First Line: Paper is neither kind nor cruel
Last Line: With which to cool my husband's dinner


AFTERIMAGES    Poem Text    
First Line: However the image enters
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Jackson, Mississippi; Till, Emmett (1941-1955); Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


AFTERIMAGES       
First Line: However the image enters
Last Line: A woman begins to weep


AFTERLOVE       
First Line: In what had been a pathway
Last Line: To make my world %whole again


ALL HALLOWS EVE       
First Line: My mother taught each one of us
Last Line: And we went to bed %without replacing them


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY OR THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY       
First Line: Of all the ways in which this country
Last Line: And far more lethal than emphysema


AND DON'T THINK I WON'T BE WAITING       
First Line: I am suipposed to say
Last Line: Under a covering cloud %of my tears


AND FALL SHALL SIT IN JUDGMENT       
First Line: Through the long winter
Last Line: Is false, but the same


AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN       
First Line: Now we've made a child
Last Line: He won't care %about his %hair %nor give a damn %whose wife %I am


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: The bitter tears are stone
Last Line: And I rlemembered %and I wept


ART OF RESPONSE       
First Line: The first answer was incorrect
Last Line: The fifteenth %changed the question


ARTISAN       
First Line: In workshops without light
Last Line: There %your craft shows


AS I GROW UP AGAIN       
First Line: A little boy wears my mistakes
Last Line: I do not need to know


AT FIRST I THOUGHT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT       
First Line: Do you think I guess inasmuch as
Last Line: At first I thought you were talking %about


BALLAD FOR ASHES       
First Line: Nobody lives
Last Line: Slit his lips like a sieve


BALLAD FROM CHILDHOOD       
First Line: Mommy mommy come and see
Last Line: I don't fatten frogs to feed snakes


BARREN       
First Line: Your lashes leave me naked in the square
Last Line: But she and I have come this way %before


BAZAAR       
First Line: The lay back women are cooking
Last Line: Still have milk in their breasts


BEAMS       
First Line: In the afternoon sun
Last Line: We forget what is not possible


BEES       
First Line: In the street outside a school
Last Line: We could have studied honey-making


BERLIN IS HARD ON COLORED GIRLS       
First Line: Perhaps a strange woman
Last Line: A banana skin is wilting


BETWEEN OURSELVES (1)       
First Line: Once when I walked into a room
Last Line: And landing upon their heads


BETWEEN OURSELVES (2)       
First Line: Once when I walked into a room
Last Line: And landing upon their heads


BEVERLY'S POEM       
First Line: I don't need to be rich
Last Line: To get bored %with anemones


BICENTENNIAL POEM #21,000,000       
First Line: I know
Last Line: That have no earth to fall upon


BIG APPLE CIRCUS       
First Line: Used to be
Last Line: And we cannot hear the guns %across the river


BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL TO SEVENTH STREET       
First Line: I tarry in days shaped like the high staired street
Last Line: Will not die politely %either


BLACK MOTHER WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot recall you gentle
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Mothers & Daughters; Women


BLACK MOTHER WOMAN       
First Line: I cannot recall you gentle
Last Line: To define myself %through your denials
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Mothers And Daughters; Women


BLACK UNICORN       
First Line: The black unicorn is greedy
Last Line: The black unicorn is not free


BLACKSTUDIES       
First Line: A chill wind sweeps the high places
Last Line: Leap groundward %wondering %what shall they carve for weapons %what shall they grow for food


BLOODBIRTH       
First Line: That which is inside of me screaming
Last Line: Bent on our conjugating business


BRIDGE THROUGH MY WINDOWS       
First Line: In curve scooped out and necklaced with light
Last Line: We search each other's shore for some crossing home


BROTHER ALVIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the seat that we shared in the second grade
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


BROTHER ALVIN       
First Line: In the seat that we shared in the second grade
Last Line: Hoping to find some new spelling %of your name
Subject(s): Education; Schools


BROWN MENACE OR POEM TO THE SURVIVAL OF ROACHES       
First Line: Call me
Last Line: To survive %to survive %survive


BUILDING       
First Line: Gloria has a permit
Last Line: In a lot %of different places


BURNING THE WATER HYACINTH       
First Line: We flame the river
Last Line: Trying to touch %what matters


BUT WHAT CAN YOU TEACH MY DAUGHTER       
First Line: What do you mean
Last Line: But what you do %not know %can kill


CABLES TO RAGE OR I'VE BEEN TALKING ON THIS STREET CORNER       
First Line: This is how I came to be loved
Last Line: Of 125th street and lenox


CALL       
First Line: Holy ghost woman %stolen out of your name
Last Line: Aido hwedo is coming


CHAIN       
First Line: Faces surround me that have no smell or color no time
Last Line: How do I learn to love her %as you have loved me?
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Child Molesting; Incest


CHANGE       
First Line: In whose bed
Last Line: Teach me %to leave dreams alone


CHANGE OF SEASON       
First Line: Am I to be cursed forever with becoming
Last Line: Summer goes into my words %and comes out reason


CHILD SHALL LEAD       
First Line: I have a child
Last Line: And I am grown %past knowledge


CHORUS       
First Line: Sun %make me whole again
Last Line: Mozart %was a white dude


COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: I / is the total black, being spoken / from the earth's inside
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Language; Words; Vocabulary


COAL       
First Line: I %is the total black, being spoken %from the earth's inside
Last Line: Now take my word for jewel in the open light
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Language


COMPASSION'S BIRD       
First Line: I know the incapacity of dream
Last Line: Of love's structured star, love's own mandarin


CONCLUSION       
First Line: Passing men in the street who are dead
Last Line: Whenever nightmare threatens


CONIAGUI WOMEN       
First Line: The coniagui women
Last Line: They become men


CONSTRUCTION       
First Line: Timber seasons better
Last Line: That will stand forever


CONTACT LENSES       
First Line: Lacking what they want to see
Last Line: And my eyes hurt


CONVERSATION IN CRISIS       
First Line: I speak to you as a friend speaks
Last Line: Until the storm passes over


COPING       
First Line: It has rained for five days
Last Line: Forget %and drown easily


DAHOMEY       
First Line: It was in abomey that I felt
Last Line: In the seasons of rain


DAY THEY EULOGIZED MAHALIA       
Last Line: The day the city eulogized mahalia
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


DEAR JOE       
First Line: How many other dark young men at 33
Last Line: A drag-queen with burgundy long-johns %and a dental dam in his mouth %is buying a straight-razor


DEAR TONI INSTEAD OF A LETTER OF CONGRATULATION ON BOOK       
First Line: I can see your daughter walking down streets of love
Last Line: That they will come to love %as I love you


DEATH DANCE FOR A POET       
First Line: Hidden in a forest of questions
Last Line: And her range of vision %the executioners advance


DEPRECIATION       
First Line: First the plumbing breaks down
Last Line: We promise each other %future celebrations


DIASPORA       
First Line: Afraid is a country with no exit visas
Last Line: Grenades held dry in a calabash %leaving


DIGGING       
First Line: In the rusty pages of gray's anatomy
Last Line: Touching the organ's place


DO YOU REMEMBER LAURA       
First Line: Alive
Last Line: But does not self-destruct


DOMINO       
First Line: On thursday she buried her featherbed
Last Line: Imagine yourself %alabama %wanting to weep


DON JOSE ENCOUNTERS EL CORDOBES       
First Line: You wake in cordoba
Last Line: Annaeus remembers death without end, rich loam


DOZENS       
First Line: Nothing says that you must see me in the street
Last Line: Runs out of worlds %one for each foot


DREAM/SONGS FROM THE MOON OF BEULAH LAND I-V       
First Line: How much love can I pour into you I said
Last Line: To the dead surface %of the moon


DREAMS BITE       
Last Line: When I am obsolete


DREAMS BITE       
Last Line: When I am obsolete


EAST BERLIN       
First Line: It feels dangerous now
Last Line: Only in the approaching tasks


ECHO       
First Line: I hear myself drought caught
Last Line: Hang like a sheet of brick-caught silk %torn in the sun


ECHOES       
First Line: There is a timbre of voice
Last Line: I do not know


ELECTRIC SLIDE BOOGIE       
First Line: New year's day 1:16 am
Last Line: Hard hard it is to sleep %in the middle of the day
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY       
First Line: The american deputy assistant secretary of defense
Last Line: Through a lake of her own blood


EQUINOX       
First Line: My daughter marks the day that spring begins
Last Line: In order to go on living


ETHIOPIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Seven years without milk
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


ETHIOPIA       
First Line: Seven years without milk
Last Line: The delicate embroideries %of bone
Subject(s): Children


EULOGY       
First Line: A girl in my sister's house
Last Line: But never bleed again


EULOGY FOR ALVIN FROST       
First Line: Black men bleeding to death inside themselves
Last Line: And there are so few %left


EVEN       
First Line: Nothing
Last Line: Away from the trees


EVENING NEWS       
First Line: I am kneading my bread winnie mandela
Last Line: I have never herd their names spoken


EVENING NEWS       
First Line: First rule of the road %attend quiet victims first
Last Line: Second rule of the road %any wound will stop bleeding %if you press down hard enough


EVERY TRAVELER HAS ONE VERMONT POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Spikes of lavender aster under route 91
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


EVERY TRAVELER HAS ONE VERMONT POEM       
First Line: Spikes of lavender aster under route 91
Last Line: Into cropped and fragrant air
Subject(s): Americans; United States


FALLEN       
First Line: Bright uncanny music was beating through the room
Last Line: Told far more truth


FAMILY RESEMBLANCE       
First Line: My sister has my hair my mouth my eyes
Last Line: And I presume her trustless as a stone


FANTASY AND CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Speckled frogs leap from my mouth


FANTASY AND CONVERSATION       
First Line: Speckled frogs leap from my mouth
Last Line: Before our magic %turns colour


FATHER SON AND HOLY GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I have not ever seen my father's grave
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


FATHER SON AND HOLY GHOST       
First Line: I have not ever seen my father's grave
Last Line: Lest I go into dust %I have not ever seen my father's grave
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters; Graves


FATHER THE YEAR HAS FALLEN       
Last Line: I shall bear in the snow


FATHER, THE YEAR IS FALLEN       
Last Line: I shall bear in the snow


FATHER, THE YEAR IS FALLEN       
Last Line: When the last warmth is gone %I shall bear in the snow


FISHING THE WHITE WATER       
First Line: Men claim the easiest spots
Last Line: Our rhythms pass through the trees %staking a claim in difficult places %we head for the source


FLORIDA       
First Line: Black people fishing the causeway
Last Line: And begin a five-day fast


FOG REPORT       
First Line: In this misty place where hunger finds us
Last Line: Tethered like a goat %in my heart's yard


FOR ASSATA       
First Line: In this new picture your smile has been to war
Last Line: At the back of your cell


FOR CRAIG       
First Line: If I call you son and not brother
Last Line: And a brush of bells


FOR EACH OF YOU       
First Line: Be who you are and will be
Last Line: And your mother was %a princess %in darkness


FOR JOSE AND REGINA       
First Line: Childen of war
Last Line: Relieved %by a definite reason


FOR JUDITH       
First Line: Hanging out
Last Line: But learning %each other's ways


FOR MY SINGING SISTER       
First Line: Little sister, not all black
Last Line: With a silver stake %through your heart


FOR THE KING AND QUEEN OF SUMMER (1976)       
First Line: The land of flowers is dusty
Last Line: As he makes a shithouse %under their throne


FOR THE RECORD; IN MEMORY OF ELEANOR BUMPURS    Poem Text    
First Line: Call out the colored girls
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Alienation (social Psychology); Bumpurs, Eleanor; Exiles; Labor & Laborers; Violence; Estrangement; Outcasts; Work; Workers


FOR THE RECORD; IN MEMORY OF ELEANOR BUMPURS       
First Line: Call out the colored girls
Last Line: Planning their return %and they weren't even %sisters
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Alienation (social Psychology); Bumpurs, Eleanor; Exiles; Labor And Laborers; Violence


FROM INSIDE AN EMPTY PURSE       
First Line: Money cannot buy you
Last Line: I am trying to reach %you before %you fall in %to me


FROM THE CAVE       
First Line: Last night an old man warned me
Last Line: A bath of old roses


FROM THE GREENHOUSE       
First Line: Summer rains like my blood cries
Last Line: Now my blood merges %into your dreaming


FROM THE HOUSE OF YEMANJA    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother had two faces and a frying pot
Subject(s): Mothers


FROM THE HOUSE OF YEMANJA       
First Line: My mother had two faces and a frying pot
Last Line: Where day and night shall meet %and not be %one
Subject(s): Mothers


FUTURE PROMISE       
First Line: This house will not stand forever
Last Line: This house %will not stand %forever


GEMINI       
First Line: Moon minded the sun goes farther from us
Last Line: And love was a burning fence about my house


GEMINI       
First Line: Moon minded the sun goes farther from us
Last Line: And love was a burning fence about my house


GENERATION       
First Line: How the young attempt and are broken
Last Line: Is a turn of the mirror %time's question only


GENERATION II       
First Line: A black girl
Last Line: Of both %their angers


GENERATION III       
First Line: Give back the life I gave
Last Line: In the enemy's tongue


GHOST       
First Line: Since I don't want to trip over your silence
Last Line: Trying to remember


GIRLFRIEND       
First Line: It's almost a year and I still
Last Line: At the sound %of her beloved voice


GOOD MIRRORS ARE NOT CHEAP       
First Line: It is a waste of time hating a mirror
Last Line: Selling us %new clowns %at cut rate


HANGING FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am fourteen / and my skin has betrayed me
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Teenagers; United States - Race Relations


HANGING FIRE       
First Line: I am fourteen %and my skin has betrayed me
Last Line: And momma's in the bedroom %with the door closed
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Teenagers; U.s. - Race Relations


HARD LOVE ROCK       
First Line: Today I heard my heart screeching like a subway train
Last Line: And when it was over %only pain


HARD LOVE ROCK #II       
First Line: Listen brother love you
Last Line: As well as %from my side


HARRIET    Poem Text    
First Line: Harriet there was always somebody calling us crazy
Last Line: "waht name shall we call our selves / now
Subject(s): African Americans Women; Sisters; Death Mothers


HARRIET       
First Line: Harriet there was always somebody calling us crazy
Last Line: What name shall we call our selves now %our mother is gone?
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


HOLOGRAPHS       
First Line: One hundred and fifty million truth seekers
Last Line: Is the burn of the blood


HOME       
First Line: We arrived at my mother's island
Last Line: It no longer mattered


HORSE CASTS A SHOE       
First Line: The horse casts a shoe
Last Line: Our names %a crostic for touch


HUGO I       
First Line: A coral stone at the edge of bufano road
Last Line: But the wind is our teacher


I DIE FOR ALL MYSTERIOUS THINGS       
First Line: The hanged man
Last Line: Nor %less %sane


IF YOU COULD COME SOFTLY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Togetherness


IN MARGARET'S GARDEN       
First Line: When I first saw you blooming the color was now
Last Line: I will not tell


INHERITANCE -- HIS       
First Line: My face resembles your face
Last Line: The power of unshared secrets


JESSEHELMS       
First Line: I am a black woman
Last Line: Your turn now jessehelms %come on it's time %to lick the handwriting %off the walls


JOURNEYSTONES I-XI       
First Line: Maxine %I used to admire your talent
Last Line: And without child


JUDITH'S FANCY       
First Line: Half-built
Last Line: Are you coming to babysit me


KEYFOOD       
First Line: In the keyfood market on broadway
Last Line: Can they buy each other


KITCHEN LINOLEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: The cockroach / who is dying
Subject(s): Shame


KITCHEN LINOLEUM       
First Line: The cockroach %who is dying
Last Line: Each other's shame
Subject(s): Shame


LAKE IN CENTRAL PARK       
First Line: It should have a woman's name
Last Line: Screams in the birth of her fading away


LEARNING TO WRITE       
First Line: Is the alphabet responsible
Last Line: To be buried alive %with the liars


LEGACY -- HERS       
First Line: When love leaps from my mouth
Last Line: Of that terrible acrostic


LETTER FOR JAN       
First Line: No I don't think you were chicken not to speak
Last Line: With my own black song


LIGHTLY       
First Line: Don't make waves
Last Line: What will wave back %to all that


LITANY FOR SURVIVAL       
First Line: For those of us who live at the shoreline
Last Line: We were never meant to survive


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Speak earth and bless me with what is richest
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


LOVE POEM       
First Line: Speak earth and bless me with what is richest
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LOVE, MAYBE       
First Line: Always
Last Line: To conqueror me home


LOVER'S SONG       
First Line: Give me fire and I will sing you morning
Last Line: In a dark room


LUNAR EXLIPSE       
First Line: Last night I watched the moon go out
Last Line: Out of my life %so you are not


MAIDEN       
First Line: Once I was immortal beside an ocean
Last Line: Mouthing the ocean names of night


MAKING IT       
First Line: My body arcing across your white place
Last Line: What we wish to be given %ourselves


MAKING LOVE TO CONCRETE       
First Line: An upright abutment in the mouth
Last Line: Propped up on barrels %across the mined terrain %between forgiving too easily %and never giving at a


MARTHA       
First Line: Martha this is a catalog of days
Last Line: The nearest you've come to living yourself


MAWU       
First Line: In this white room full of strangers
Last Line: Death is not a disease


MEET       
First Line: Woman when we met on the solstice
Last Line: Before we shall both be slain


MEETING OF MINDS       
First Line: In a dream
Last Line: Is a white pencil %that writes %alone


MEMORIAL I    Poem Text    
First Line: If you come as softly
Subject(s): Women


MEMORIAL I       
First Line: If you come as softly
Last Line: Shall drink our tears
Subject(s): Women


MEMORIAL II       
First Line: Genevieve
Last Line: Your eyes are blinding me genevieve


MEMORIAL III FROM A PHONE BOOTH ON BROADWAY       
First Line: Some time turns inside out
Last Line: I shall ever call %you


MEMORIAL IV       
First Line: As my hert burned
Last Line: An answer will come


MENTOR       
First Line: Scaling your words like crags I found
Last Line: Each to our separate house


MONKEYMAN       
First Line: There is a strange man attached to my backbone
Last Line: I did not hear him


MORNING IS A TIME FOR MIRACLES       
First Line: A core of the conversations we never had %lies in the distance
Last Line: I wanted you %to talk %not as a healer %but as a lonely woman %talking to a friend
Variant Title(s): Sister, Morning Is A Time For Miracle


MOVEMENT SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I have studied the tight curls on the back of your neck
Subject(s): Relationships; Love - Loss Of


MOVEMENT SONG       
First Line: I have studied the tight curls on the back of your neck
Last Line: Saying we cannot waste time %only ourselves


MOVING IN       
First Line: Salt bread and broom
Last Line: Here this house %forever blessed


MOVING OUT OR THE END OF COOPERATIVE LIVING       
First Line: I am so glad to be moving
Last Line: And so becoming %pretension concretized


MY FIFTH TRIP TO WASHINGTON ENDED IN NORTHEAST DELAWARE       
First Line: Halfway between the rain and washington
Last Line: The indians aren't attacking


NAMING THE STORIES       
First Line: Otter and quaking aspen
Last Line: And the light is broken %clear


NATURALLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Since naturally black is naturally beautiful
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


NATURALLY       
First Line: Since naturally black is naturally beautiful
Last Line: Proud beautiful black women %could better make use %black bread
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Pride


NEED: A CHORAL OF BLACK WOMEN'S VOICES       
First Line: This woman is black
Last Line: We cannot live without our lives


NEIGHBORS       
First Line: We made strong poems for each other
Last Line: The other was always %lying %in wait


NEVER TAKE FIRE FROM A WOMAN       
First Line: My sister and I
Last Line: Who smells like love


NEVER TO DREAM OF SPIDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Time collapses between the lips of strangers
Subject(s): Transience; Conduct Of Life; Impermanence


NEVER TO DREAM OF SPIDERS       
First Line: Time collapses between the lips of strangers
Last Line: A burst of light


NEW YEAR'S DAY       
First Line: The day feels put together hastily
Last Line: I am deliberate %and afraid %of nothing


NEW YORK CITY 1970       
First Line: How do you spell change like frayed slogan underwear
Last Line: Of once beautiful children


NIGHT-BLOOMING JASMINE       
First Line: Lady of the night star-breathed
Last Line: Riding the shadows of conquering air


NIGHTSTONE       
First Line: No man is robbed of stone, of a dead root
Last Line: Holding me from the blasphemies %of hunger


NOW       
First Line: Woman power
Last Line: I am %are you %ready


NOW THAT I AM FOREVER WITH CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: How the days went
Subject(s): Birth; Pregnancy; Child Birth; Midwifery


NOW THAT I AM FOREVER WITH CHILD       
First Line: How the days went
Last Line: I can only distinguish %one thread within running hours %you...Flowing through selves %toward you
Subject(s): Birth; Pregnancy


NOW THAT I AM FOREVER WITH CHILD       
First Line: How the days went
Last Line: You... Flowing through selves toward you


OAXACA       
First Line: Beneath the carving drag of wood
Last Line: But lightning comes


OCTOBER       
First Line: Spirits
Last Line: Do not let me die %still %needing to be a stranger


OCTOBER       
First Line: Spirits of the abnormally born %live on in water
Last Line: For this tree under which I am lying %do not let me die %still %needing to be stranger


OLD DAYS       
First Line: Everyone wants to know
Last Line: As our vigils began


ON A NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of my flesh that hungers
Subject(s): Lust; Women


ON A NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON       
First Line: Out of my flesh that hungers
Last Line: Judging your roundness %delightful
Subject(s): Lust; Women


ON MIDSUMMER'S EVE       
First Line: Ride the swing season
Last Line: You do not learn


ON MY WAY OUT I PASSED OVER YOU AND THE VERRAZANO BRIDGE       
First Line: Leaving leaving
Last Line: And necessary as water


ON THE EDGE       
First Line: A blade in the bed of a child
Last Line: That needs %the moon's loving


ONE WHO GOT AWAY       
First Line: The youngest sister
Last Line: Through the slanting rain


ONE YEAR TO LIFE ON THE GRAND CENTRAL SHUTTLE       
First Line: If we hate the rush hour subways
Last Line: What token we may %for change


OSHUN'S TABLE       
First Line: How the fruit lay at your feet
Last Line: Untrustworthy %and brave


OUT OF THE WIND       
First Line: For the days when the coffee grounds refuse to settle
Last Line: Mingled in tulips %after brief rain


OUT TO THE HARD ROAD       
First Line: The road to southampton is layered with days
Last Line: Reluctance lining my mouth %potatoe dust on the last shortcut %out %to a new september morning


OUTLINES       
First Line: What hue lies in the slit of anger
Last Line: If we win %there is no telling
Subject(s): Homosexuality


OUTSIDE       
First Line: In the center of a harsh and spectrumed city
Last Line: Who are come to make our shattered faces %whole


OYA       
First Line: God of my father discovered at midnight
Last Line: Now free me %quickly %before I destroy you


PAPERWEIGHT       
First Line: Paper is neither kind nor cruel
Last Line: With which to cool my husband's dinner


PARTING       
First Line: I talk to rocks
Last Line: With your moon-rock's name


PARTING       
First Line: Belligerent and beautiful as a trapped ibis
Last Line: For moisture %cactus tongued


PARTY TIME       
First Line: Newspapers printed in secret report
Last Line: And I come next behind her %in our dance


PATHWAYS: FROM MOTHER TO MOTHER       
First Line: Tadpoles are legless and never learn to curtsy
Last Line: Out %of the presence of kings


PEACE ON EARTH       
First Line: A six-pointed star
Last Line: The crackling yule log %in an iron grate


PIROUETTE (1)       
First Line: I saw
Last Line: I am come home


PIROUETTE (2)       
First Line: I saw
Last Line: I cannot return


POEM FOR A POET       
First Line: I think of a coffin's quiet
Last Line: Buried down there in north carolina


POEM FOR WOMEN IN RAGE       
First Line: A killing summer heat wraps up the city
Last Line: I remember this knife %it carved its message into my sleeping %she only read its warning %written up


POLITICAL RELATIONS       
First Line: In a hotel in tashkent
Last Line: With the latvian delegate from riga
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POLITICS OF ADDICTION       
First Line: 17 luxury condominiums electronically protected
Last Line: Flashing through her words %'if we had capitalism %the tomatoes would be here now'


PORTRAIT       
First Line: Strong women
Last Line: As they swayed on their own way %home


POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The difference between poetry and rhetoric
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


POWER       
First Line: The difference between poetry and rhetoric
Last Line: Poor thing. She never hurt a soul. What beasts they are
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PRISM       
First Line: There are no frogs in soweto
Last Line: Write us a poem


PRODUCTION       
First Line: 100,000 bees make a sturdy hive
Last Line: Two dollars at a time


PROGRESS REPORT       
First Line: These days
Last Line: From behind closed doors


PROGRESS REPORT       
First Line: These days %when you do say hello I am


PROLOGUE       
First Line: Haunted by poems beginning with I
Last Line: And the grasses will still be %singing


QUESTION OF CLIMATE       
First Line: I learned to be honest
Last Line: Was a declaration of war


QUESTION OF ESSENCE       
First Line: In arlesheim
Last Line: When it starts to burn


RECREATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Coming together / it is easier to work
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


RECREATION       
First Line: Coming together %it is easier to work
Last Line: And take you made %into me
Subject(s): Erotic Love


REINS       
First Line: Refuse the meat of a female animal
Last Line: After the sun goes down


RELEASE TIME       
First Line: I came to their white
Last Line: And less terror %for our children


RELEVANT IS DIFFERENT POINTS ON THE CIRCLE       
First Line: History
Last Line: Are being hunted down the federal canyons %of yellowstone park


RESTORATION: A MEMORIAL -- 9/18/91       
First Line: Berlin again after chemotherapy
Last Line: Learning to laugh again


RETURN       
First Line: You did not clock the falling of the leaves
Last Line: To face the dark alone


REVOLUTION IS ONE FORM OF SOCIAL CHANGE       
First Line: When the man is busy
Last Line: After all %where it all began


RITES OF PASSAGE       
First Line: Now rock the boat to a fare-thee-well
Last Line: Through dream


RITES OF PASSAGE; TO MLK JR.       
First Line: Now rock the boat to a fare-thee-well
Last Line: We are growing through dream


ROCK THROWN INTO THE WATER DOES NOT FEAR THE COLD       
First Line: In front of the city hotel in kumasi
Last Line: As darkness overtakes them


ROOMING HOUSES ARE OLD WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Rooming houses are old women
Last Line: "unknown and desired /
Subject(s): Rooming & Boarding Houses


ROOMING HOUSES ARE OLD WOMEN       
Last Line: Unknown and desired %but not new


ROOMING HOUSES ARE OLD WOMEN       
Last Line: Unknown and desired %and not new


SACRIFICE       
First Line: The only hungers left
Last Line: Is the sacrifice of desire


SAHARA       
First Line: High %above this desert
Last Line: I too will unmask my dark %hard rock sand


SAME DEATH OVER AND OVER OR LULLABIES ARE FOR CHILDREN       
First Line: It's the small deaths in the supermarket
Last Line: Did not fire because he saw a girl


SCAR       
First Line: This is a simple poem
Last Line: An astonishment %of soft black curly hair


SCHOOL NOTE       
First Line: My children play with skulls
Last Line: That cannot be %home %nor is


SEASONING       
First Line: What am I ready to lose in this advancing summer
Last Line: As I glue up my lips with the promise %of coming winter


SECOND SPRING       
First Line: We have no passions left to love the spring
Last Line: Binding cold love to us with the corners of her shroud


SEPARATION       
First Line: The stars dwindle
Last Line: Decorates the snow


SEQUELAE       
First Line: Because a burning sword notches both of my doorposts
Last Line: I have died too many deaths %that were not mine


SEVENTH SENSE       
First Line: Women %who build nations
Last Line: By the rising sea


SEWERPLANT GROWS IN HARLEM OR I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF       
First Line: How is the word made flesh made steel made shit
Last Line: Talking to some people is like talking to a toilet


SIGNS       
First Line: No one is left here to eat by my fire
Last Line: They shall never return


SISTER OUTSIDER    Poem Text    
First Line: We were born in a poor time
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


SISTER OUTSIDER       
First Line: We were born in a poor time
Last Line: And beyond fear
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


SISTERS IN ARMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The edge of our bed was a wide grid
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Death - Children; South Africa; Racism; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Death - Babies; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


SISTERS IN ARMS       
First Line: The edge of our bed was a wide grid
Last Line: Dreams of durban sometimes %visions the deep wry song of beach pebbles %running after the sea


SMALL SLAUGHTER       
First Line: Day breaks without thanks or caution
Last Line: I am the mouth %of your scorn


SMELLING THE WIND       
First Line: Rushing headlong
Last Line: Save the marvelous arithmetics %of distance


SOHO CINEMA       
First Line: The woman who lives at 830 broadway
Last Line: Sailing into the sunset


SOLSTICE       
First Line: We forgot to water the plantain shoots
Last Line: May I owe nothing that I cannot pay


SONG       
First Line: The wild trees have bought me
Last Line: That loves me too late


SONG FOR A THIN SISTER       
First Line: Either heard or taught
Last Line: Or silly %but always %white


SONG FOR MANY MOVEMENTS       
First Line: Nobody wants to die on the way
Last Line: More important %than our silence


SONG OF NAMES AND FACES       
First Line: I walk across noon with you today
Last Line: Or forget you exist at all


SONGLESS LARK       
First Line: Sun shines so brightly on the hill
Last Line: A songless lark now sings


SOWING       
First Line: It is the sink of the afternoon
Last Line: Whose name should be you


SPEECHLESS       
First Line: At the foot of the steps a forest
Last Line: Around which your name blossoms %distorted


SPRING III       
First Line: Spring is the harshest
Last Line: To solve our loving


SPRING PEOPLE       
First Line: What anger in my hard-won bones
Last Line: What face we had %what startling eyes


STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN       
First Line: It's great to be able to call you
Last Line: In what do you believe


STATIONS       
First Line: Some women love
Last Line: So they change %themselves


STORY BOOKS ON A KITCHEN TABLE (1976)    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of her womb of pain my mother spat me
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Women


STORY BOOKS ON A KITCHEN TABLE (1976)       
First Line: Out of her womb of pain my mother spat me
Last Line: For the vanished mother %of a black girl
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters; Women


SUFFER THE CHILDREN       
First Line: Pity for him who suffers from his waste
Last Line: Given to the dust


SUMMER ORACLE       
First Line: Without expectation
Last Line: I smell it in the charred breeze blowing over %your body %close %hard %esential %under its cloak of
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


SUMMER ORACLE       
First Line: Without exception %there is no end
Last Line: Under its cloak of lies
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


SUSPENSION       
First Line: We entered silence
Last Line: As the center of your palms %and as unfree


SYRACUSE AIRPORT       
First Line: Clean jeans and comfortable shoes
Last Line: Who take up space %are called sloppy


TEACHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I make my children promises in wintry afternoons
Subject(s): Education; Mothers & Daughters; Schools; Teaching & Teachers; Women; Students; Educators; Professors


TEACHER       
First Line: I make my children promises in wintry afternoons
Last Line: Promise corrupts %what it does not invent
Subject(s): Education; Mothers And Daughters; Schools; Teaching And Teachers; Women


THANKS TO JESSE JACKSON       
First Line: The us and the ussr
Last Line: And none in the united states


THAW       
First Line: The language of past seasons
Last Line: If we survive at all


THE BLACK UNICORN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The black unicorn is greedy
Subject(s): Unicorns; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE DAY THEY EULOGIZED MAHALIA    Poem Text    


THE ELECTRIC SLIDE BOOGIE    Poem Text    
First Line: New year's day 1:16 am
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


THE WOMAN THING    Poem Text    
First Line: The hunters are back from beating the winter's face
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


THE WOMEN OF DAN DANCE WITH SWORDS IN THEIR HANDS ...    Poem Text    
First Line: I did not fall from the sky
Subject(s): Africa; Women


THERAPY       
First Line: Trying to see you
Last Line: A part from my self


THERE ARE NO HONEST POEMS ABOUT DEAD WOMEN       
First Line: What do we want from each other
Last Line: Obscure the vowels


THIS URN CONTAINS EARTH FROM GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS       
First Line: Dark gray
Last Line: Liming the ravensbruck potatoes %careful and monsterless %this urn makes nothing %easy to say


TIMEPIECE       
First Line: In other destinies of choice
Last Line: You came like a wheaten song


TIMES CHANGE AND WE CHANGE WITH THEM OR WE SEEM TO HAVE LOST       
First Line: There are so many girls now in the street
Last Line: Is often the sign %of internal bleeding


TIMING       
First Line: In our infancy of action we were women of peace
Last Line: Of this morning's newspaper


TO A GIRL WHO KNEW WHAT SIDE HER BREAD WAS BUTTERED ON       
First Line: He, through the eyes of the first marauder
Last Line: And they trampled him into the earth


TO A GIRL WHO KNEW WHAT SIDE HER BREAD WAS BUTTERED ON(1976)       
First Line: He, through the eyes of the first marauder
Last Line: And they trampled him into the earth


TO DESI AS JOE AS SMOKY THE LOVER OF 115TH STREET       
First Line: Who are you
Last Line: On the very edge of manhattan


TO MARIE, IN FLIGHT       
First Line: For women
Last Line: A valley rhythm captures all


TO MARTHA: A NEW YEAR       
First Line: As you search over this year
Last Line: To somewhere else %where work begins


TO MY DAUGHTER THE JUNKIE ON A TRAIN       
First Line: Children we have not borne
Last Line: Curse their children who became junk


TO THE GIRL WHO LIVES IN A TREE       
First Line: A letter in my mailbox says you've made it


TO THE POET WHO HAPPENS TO BE BLACK AND THE BLACK POET WHO HAPPENS...       
First Line: I was born in the gut of blackness
Last Line: Lying %in somebody else's blood


TODAY IS NOT THE DAY       
First Line: I can't just sit here
Last Line: But today %is not the day %today


TOURING       
First Line: Coming in and out of cities


TRIP ON THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY       
First Line: Dear jonno
Last Line: If they ever find their way %back home


TROLLOP MAIDEN       
First Line: But my life is not portable now
Last Line: That's one piece I cannot leave behind %she whispered


VIET-NAM ADDENDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Genocide doesn't only mean bombs
Subject(s): Genocide


VIET-NAM ADDENDA       
First Line: Genocide doesn't only mean bombs
Last Line: To turn their hands %against us
Subject(s): Genocide


VIGIL       
First Line: Seven holes in my heart where flames live
Last Line: Prepare me for morning


VISIT TO A CITY OUT OF TIME       
First Line: If st. Louis
Last Line: Dream %they are immortal


WALKING OUR BOUNDARIES       
First Line: This first bright day has broken
Last Line: We will spade up another plot %for this spring's seeding


WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BEAUTIFUL       
First Line: The child believes
Last Line: Meling to sludge in my palm


WHAT MY CHILD LEARNS OF THE SEA       
Last Line: I stand already condemned


WHAT MY CHILD LEARNS OF THE SEA       
Last Line: And the words she will use for winter, %I stand already condemned


WHAT MY CHILD LERNS OF THE SEA       
Last Line: I stand already condemned


WHEN THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN       
First Line: Plentiful sacrifice and believers in redemption
Last Line: And very busy %and very old


WHITE DEER       
First Line: The sun says she is there
Last Line: His silent magnum at the white deer


WHO SAID IT WAS SIMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: There are so many roots to the tree of anger
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


WHO SAID IT WAS SIMPLE       
First Line: There are so many roots to the tree of anger
Last Line: Which me will survive %all these liberations


WINDS OF ORISHA       
First Line: This land will not always be foreign
Last Line: When the winds of orisha blow %even the roots of grass %quicken


WOMAN       
First Line: I dream of a place between your breasts
Last Line: And your night comes down upon me %like a nurturing rain


WOMAN SPEAKS       
First Line: Moon marked and touched by sun
Last Line: I am %woman %and not white


WOMAN THING       
First Line: The hunters are back from beating the winter's face
Last Line: Meanwhile the womanthing my mother taught me %bakes off its covering of snow %like a rising blackeni
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


WOMAN/DIRGE FOR WASTED CHILDREN (1976)       
First Line: Awakening
Last Line: That should be %you


WOMAN/DIRGE FOR WASTED CHILDREN (1978)       
First Line: Awakening %rumors of the necessary for your death
Last Line: Wiping up blood %that should be %you


WOMEN OF DAN DANCE WITH SWORDS IN THEIR HANDS ...       
First Line: I did not fall from the sky
Last Line: What is already dead
Subject(s): Africa; Women


WOMEN ON TRAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Leaving the known [or my sisters] for another city
Subject(s): Women


WOMEN ON TRAINS       
First Line: Leaving the known [or my sisters] for another city
Last Line: Both you and I %are free to go
Subject(s): Women


WOOD HAS NO MOUTH       
First Line: When a mask breaks in benin
Last Line: Disguised %as a baboon


WORKERS ROSE ON MAY DAY OR POSTSCRIPT TO KARL MARX       
First Line: Down wall street
Last Line: Against the striking students


ZA KI TAN KE PARLAY LOT       
First Line: Oh za ki tan ke parlay lot
Last Line: Za ki tan ke parlay lot