Join the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus: 4 Days Until Lift-off!!!

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“We can impose beauty on our future.” -Lorraine Hansberry

Today is the birthday of Lorraine Hansberry,  brilliant a brilliant Black feminist prophet that we lost too soon.   As an affirmation of your self-love and abundant vision take a moment to add your email to a list of us who will be breathing and meditating with Black feminist mantras starting THIS FRIDAY for the 21 days leading up to my birthday!

Every day starting THIS FRIDAY  you will get an original collage (by me!!) and a recording of an affirmation from Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Fannie Lou Hamer and other powerful ancestors to chant with or meditate to featuring love messages from me and music composed by the brilliant Julia Sangodare Wallace right up in your inbox! tumblr_n0morwm8xx1ts3djuo1_500

 

You can sign up to get the meditations sent to your inbox for free by adding your email here:

 

Join the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

Tell your friends!  Invite your friends over to breathe with you!
It would be beautiful for as many folks as possible to be part of this love-filled experience from the very beginning!
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AND  If breathing together virtually is magical imagine what breathing together in person will do!!!!
Check out what happened when 21 Black feminists breathed together along with Lorraine Hansberry’s mantra “We can impose beauty on our future,” at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage retreat.
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There are still spots available for this summer’s Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia Mississippi!  Join us or support others to attend!   More info here: http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/event-view/black-feminist-breathing-retreat-july-4-6th-magnolia-mississippi/
  Hope to see you this summer!!
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Your breathing is a crucial contribution!
Love,
Lex

Published in: on May 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Alexis and Audre in Cuba!!!!!

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In January 1985 Audre Lorde went to Cuba as part of a National Black Writers exchange along with other writers and artists including Alexis DeVeaux, Toni Cade Bambara, Jayne Cortez, Gloria Joseph, Mari Evans and Rosa Guy.

This January Lorde scholar/disciple Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be following in Lorde’s footsteps when she goes to Cuba on a people to people license with visionaries Zachari Curtis, Ajamu Dillahunt, Rukia Dillahunt, Ed Whitfield and Laxmi Haynes to learn about Afro-Cuban culture and religion, sustainable agricultural practices and cooperative structures at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Havana.

lordeThis is an exciting moment in contemporary black transnational feminism and an opportunity for the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and the School of Our Lorde to deepen the transnational accountability of our work.

In celebration of this historic moment and this intergenerational communion we are collecting donations to support Witness for Peace (the organization that is making this trip possible), to recoup travel expenses and to support buying educational materials to add to the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Lending and Reference Library in Durham, NC.

You can make a tax deductible donation to Witness for Peace here

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

and where it say “would you like to leave a message” please be sure to put the name Alexis Pauline Gumbs and send an email to brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com notifying us of the amount of your donation so we can add it to the total on this page and you can get your School of Our Lorde perks!!

 

Perks:  (everyone gets a cartoon thank you from Lex!)

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$10-50

Donors of $10-50 and up will get a special audio archival treat.  Years ago an Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Audio project in honor of ancestors lost to cancer and also to cancer survivors featured cancer survivor and activist Mary Anne Adams reading an excerpt of Lorde biographer Alexis DeVeaux’s essay “Searching for Audre Lorde” about meeting Audre Lorde during that 1985 trip to Cuba and working with her spirit to write her biography.

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

$51-100 (or monthly sustainers of $5-10)

Donors of $51-100 or monthly sustainers of $5-10 will get the audio archival treat described above AND an emailed personalized alphabetized poem blessing from Audre Lorde’s poem “Diaspora” which was published in her 1986 collection of poems “Our Dead Behind Us.”  Just include a note with your favorite letter of the alphabet and if you like share some information about who or what in your life you would like the poem to bless.  (And make sure your current email address is linked to your donation!)

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

$101+ (or monthly sustainers of $15-$20 or more)

Donors of over $100 will receive the audio treat, and emailed poem blessing and a one-on-one 30 minute phone or video chat conversation with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs interpreting your custom poem and providing advice based on the context of the poem in Audre Lorde’s life and in our contemporary moment.

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

Image by Dagmar Schutlz

$500+ (or monthly sustainers of $25+)

Donations of $500 and up (or monthly sustainers of $25+) get a Cuba report back from Alexis Pauline Gumbs for your organization, class or group in person (if you are within one hour of Durham, NC or are in a city that she happens to be traveling through already in 2014 (e.g. Grand Rapids, NYC, Houston, Chicago) or via video conferencing anywhere in the world!

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

 

Published in: on January 10, 2014 at 11:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Audre Lorde Resurrection Sunday #4: To A Girl Who Knew What Side Her Bread Was Buttered On

Launched on Nov. 17th 2013 on the 21st anniversary of Audre Lorde’s transition from an embodied warrior healer to an ancestral force, this is a weekly series of videos documenting and sharing my process of clarifying survival through a re-immersion in the words of Audre Lorde. To see all the videos so far check out: http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/resurrection-sundays/

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http://www.amara.org/en/videos/b5nFFzYVwd0Q/info/resurrection-sunday-4-buttered-bread/

This week’s poem “To A Girl Who Knew What Side Her Bread Was Buttered On” is a fairy tale and a spurn to the romantic poets and their debate about maidens and gallant youths. The major message of this poem is to tend to our ancestors even in the face of arrogant distractions. This video is special because it is a collaboration by the participants in the Brilliance Remastered Guardian Dead Retreat on Ancestor Accountable Intellectual Practice. You are so blessed because along with hearing the poem you will get to see all of the participants embodying how they nourish their relationships with their ancestors. Your assignment is to think about (and share in the comments if you want) how you butter scones for your ancestors and what distractions seem to come your way. I am thankful for you and the ancestors who protect you!

Every week as part of my practice of resurrecting Audre Lorde in my life and in our communities I will be making an alphabetical oracle from the weekly survival poem which will consist of up to 26 new poems based on the sacred source text. If you would like to receive a custom poem as a blessing for your journey you can with a donation of your choice to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s School of Our Lorde! summerofourlorde.wordpress.com


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$10-20 one time donation:

A Black Feminist Oracle Poem (aka alphabetical found poem from within this week’s poem) sent directly to your inbox!

(Just include the intention you want blessed and a letter of the alphabet so I can distill your poem!)

Photo 128$30-100 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $5-15):

A 30-minute one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem.

(16 available)

$150-300 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $20-25):

An IN PERSON one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem when I am in your neck of the woods or when YOU are in Durham!


IMG_2943$1000-2000 (or $100+ sustainer rate):

A customized Audre Lorde based workshop for you and your crew including an installation of a Black Feminist Oracle activity for all participants when I am in your neck of the woods.

Published in: on December 11, 2013 at 3:24 am  Leave a Comment  

The Brown Menace: Audre Lorde Resurrection Sunday #3

Launched on Nov. 17th 2013 on the 21st anniversary of Audre Lorde’s transition from an embodied warrior healer to an ancestral force, this is a weekly series of videos documenting and sharing my process of clarifying survival through a re-immersion in the words of Audre Lorde.  To see all the videos so far check out: http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/resurrection-sundays/

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Click here for a captioned version: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/sLIuA9taqgGs/info/the-brown-menace-audre-lorde-resurrection-sunday-video-3/

This week’s poem is “The Brown Menace or Poem to the Survival of Roaches” from Lorde’s 1974 collection New York Head Shop and Museum. Cherrie Moraga referenced this as one of her favorite poems by Audre Lorde at the Sister Comrade event in Oakland some years back and I see it as one of her most confrontational and brave poems ever! The assignment for this week (in addition to celebrating the survival of those of us who face extermination) is to think about a person who DISGUSTS you. It could be a person that you know in your community or it could be a political figure (mine was Clarence Thomas for a long time) and look for the lesson, “the indestructible part of yourself” that you see in that person or in your reaction to them.

How do we become as resilient as roaches? We evolve in the face of what we don’t want to see about ourselves!

Every week as part of my practice of resurrecting Audre Lorde in my life and in our communities I will be making an alphabetical oracle from the weekly survival poem which will consist of up to 26 new poems based on the sacred source text.  If you would like to receive a custom poem as a blessing for your journey you can with a donation of your choice to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s School of Our Lorde!

Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 1.01.44 AM$10-20 one time donation:

A Black Feminist Oracle Poem (aka alphabetical found poem from within this week’s poem) sent directly to your inbox!

(Just include the intention you want blessed and a letter of the alphabet so I can distill your poem!)

Photo 128$30-100 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $5-15):

A 30-minute one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem.

(16 available)

$150-300 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $20-25):

An IN PERSON one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem when I am in your neck of the woods or when YOU are in Durham!


IMG_2943$1000-2000 (or $100+ sustainer rate):

A customized Audre Lorde based workshop for you and your crew including an installation of a Black Feminist Oracle activity for all participants when I am in your neck of the woods.

Published in: on December 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Reminding All Souls: Sign up for the Guardian Dead Retreat: Ancestor Accountable Intellectual Practice (Dec 5-8)

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“You, then, are charged by the possibility of your good health, by the broadness of your vision, to remember us.”

-Melvin Dixon

“I write not only for my peers but for those who will come after me, to say I was there,  I passed on, and you will pass on too.  But you’re here now so do it… My words will be there, something…to bounce off of, something to incite thought, activity.”

-Audre Lorde “My Words Will Be There”

Join Brilliance Remastered in Durham, NC on Dec 5-8, 2013 for a 4-day gathering for community accountable intellectuals looking for ways to deepen the ancestral accountability and presence of their scholarly and community-based creative practices!

What?

Co-facilitated by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Eric D. Pritchard, this once in a lifetime gathering will be filled with transformative conversation, poetic exercises and community building as we each take a journey to deepen and strengthen the connections between our intellectual and creative practices and the chosen and given ancestors that make us possible.

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This gathering is open to everyone who identifies as an under-represented community accountable intellectual/scholar/thinker/artist and who is whole-heartedly affirming to Queer People of Color.  The curriculum is black feminist and womanist centered and you should only be a part of this gathering if that fact makes your heart jump up and sing!

Check out the inspiring facilitator bios below to get more of a sense of who will be in the space!

When?

We will be gathering from Thursday evening Dec 5th to Sunday morning Dec 8th, please do what you can do to be present for the entire gathering.  Meals are included!

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Where?

Smack-dab in the middle of Durham, NC the retreat will take place in a beautiful, art-filled community space that is wheel-chair accessible and convenient to all local public transportation.   The gathering space is one block away from the downtown Durham Marriott.   With advance notice we can coordinate room-sharing and/or home hosting for out of town attendees. Housing and transportation is not included in the cost of registration, but we can find low-cost to free housing for participants who register in advance.

How?

Guardian Dead has space for 21 visionaries and the registration fee is sliding scale $200-400.  Our request is that folks affiliated with academic institutions get their departments to fund or subsidize their participation and offer at the higher end of the scale.   Please let us know if your department or organization would like to be listed as a co-sponsor or a scholarship provider because of your participation.

Register today!

Please let us know your dreams, intentions and needs via this registration form:

(if for some reason the registration form doesn’t show up there here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-oKqZuC32d5C9KClB5fR25XlJZHfD487b6UgncADJZU/viewform

Reserve your spot by dedicating your presence to someone you cherish and your deposit of $75 here:

with my presence I will honor:

Facilitator Bios:

agumbs120x160Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess and has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University.  Alexis was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University, and she is currently on tour with her interactive oracle project “The Lorde Concordance,” a series of ritual mobilizing the life and work of Audre Lorde as a dynamic sacred text. Alexis has also published widely on Caribbean Women’s Literature with a special interest in Dionne Brand. Her scholarly work is published in Obsidian, Symbiosis, Macomere, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Literature, SIGNS, Feminist Collections, The Black Imagination, Mothering and Hip Hop Culture, The Business of Black Power and moreAlexis is the author of an acclaimed collection of poems 101 Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive and poetic work published in KweliVinyl, Backbone, Everyday Genius, Turning Wheel, UNFold, Makeshift and more. She has several books in progress including a book of poems, Good Hair Gone Forever, a scholarly monograph on diaspora and the maternal, and an educational resource called the School of Our Lorde. She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection on legacies of radical mothering called This Bridge Called My Baby.

Alexis is the founder of Brilliance Remastered, a service to help visionary underrepresented graduate students stay connected to purpose, passion, and community, co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of Black LGBTQ Brilliance, and the community school Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, was awarded a Too Sexy for 501-C3 trophy in 2011, and is one of the Advocate’s top 40 under 40 features in 2012.  Alexis is dedicating her participation in this retreat to her grandfather, Jeremiah Gumbs, spirit guide and memorizer of every poem he loved.

 

edpEric Darnell Pritchard is an assistant professor of African and African Diaspora Studiesat The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his PhD in English and MA in Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is also a very proud alum of The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest historically Black college and university (HBCU), where he earned a B.A. in English-Liberal Arts. He is also a past NEH Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2009/10), and Visiting Scholar at Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (2012/13). Pritchard has created and facilitated several community based-writing projects including Sankofa: Hip Hop Gender and Youth Empowerment Project at the Lussier Teen Center’s Girl Neighborhood Power Program in Madison, WI, and co-facilitated workshops on “Hip Hop Theater and Rap Lyricism” with the Cypha Youth Program in Austin, Texas. His most recent publications include “For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety” in Harvard Educational Review and “Yearning to Be What We Might Have Been: Queer Black Male Feminism” in Palimpsest: A Journal of Women, Gender, and the Black International. He has also published numerous articles in newspapers, magazines, and digital venues including The New York Amsterdam News, Savoy Magazine, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. He has completed a book-length manuscript titled Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy, and is now at work on a new research that explores the role of literacy and public address in Black queer activist organizations and collectives between 1974-1990. With his presence at “Guardian Dead” he will honor his mother Anntrette “Kitty” Pritchard.

For more info email us at brillianceremastered@gmail.com

Published in: on November 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

School of Our Lorde Back to School Blessingfest!!!!

Back to School Black Feminist Oracle Blessings Fundraiser!

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Hey loved ones!  I am so excited to be creating a whole new School of Our Lorde curriculum and distance learning platform with fancy audio visual treats and surprises this school year.   It’s a surprise, but you are going to LOVE it and it is going to make the indepth (aka obsessive) research that I’ve done on Audre Lorde’s life and work and the work I’ve been doing around the country with specific geographic communities available to this worldwide community of Audre Lorde loving folks.   Yippee!!!!

So this back to school season I am hosting a virtual fundraiser to jumpstart our new School of Our Lorde Distance Learning Offerings!

Which means donate and you can get these gorgeous back to school blessings (drawing on Audre Lorde’s syllabi, speeches and poems about teaching) for you or a loved one!!!!

Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 1.01.44 AM$10-20 one time donation:

A Black Feminist Oracle Poem (aka alphabetical found poem from within one of Audre Lorde’s poems about school/teaching) sent directly to your inbox!

(Just include the intention you want blessed and a letter of the alphabet so I can distill your poem!)

Photo 128$30-100 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $5-15):

A 30-minute one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem.

(16 available)

$150-300 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $20-25):

An IN PERSON one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem when I am in your neck of the woods.

  • 4 available in Durham in September and October
  • 2 available in Atlanta Oct. 24-28
  • 2 Available in Cincinnati Nov. 7-11
  • 2 Available in LA  Sept. 15-16


IMG_2943$1000-2000 (or $100+ sustainer rate):

A customized Audre Lorde based workshop for you and your crew including an installation of a Black Feminist Oracle activity for all participants when I am in your neck of the woods.

  • 2 available in Durham in September and October
  • 1 available in Atlanta Oct. 24-28
  • 1 Available in Cincinnati Nov. 7-11
  • 1 Available in LA  Sept. 15-16

 

Published in: on August 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Concrete Ritual: Sign up for a Performance Webinar Honoring Audre Lorde

Check out this poetry/video collaboration between Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace and then sign up for our performance intensive honoring Audre Lorde ASAP!

Join the Brilliance Remastered community the first week of March for an interactive webinar investigation of performance and online ritual in relationship to community accountable intellectual work.  Participants will learn about performance practices from Audre Lorde’s Chorale Need, a classic text designed to end violence against black women and the shared experience of creating a healing multi-media cyber performance for our community about who we are and what we need as community accountable intellectuals.

Registration Due by Feb. 22, 2013

*the ensemble will be limited to 9 participants

Intensive dates: March 4,5,6,7,8  2012   (9pm Eastern Time)

Fee: Sliding Scale $150-250

Required Reading:

  • “Need” “Coal” “Power” and “Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde,
  • One Campus Guide to Performing “Need” edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • Excerpts from Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic by Omi Osun
  • (all readings available via pdf and snail mail to registered participants)

To Register:

  • Send an email to brillianceremastered@gmail.com with your contact info (INCLUDING SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS) and what you hope to get out of the course.
  • Send registration deposit of $50 to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind via paypal:
  • https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3VHV86GHPK56J
  • Full registration fee is due by March 1, 2013
  • webinar will take place over google hangout. participants will have to register (for free) for google plus.

http://www.alexispauline.com/brillianceremastered/2012/10/23/need-a-cyber-performance-ritual-for-community-accountable-scholars/

Published in: on February 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poetry is Not a Luxury Remix: By School of Our Lorde Participants

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(Lex’s wardrobe provided by Ammoliscious and sister-comrade Leah Burke)

I LOVE THE SCHOOL OF OUR LORDE WEBINARS!!!!!!

After reading and discussing Audre Lorde’s “Poetry is Not a Luxury”  the participants in the School of Our Lorde Poetry Webinar collaboratively created these two poems about what poetry IS and what it IS NOT!!!!   Much love to Monchel, Chantal, Rosa and Leana for being badass cyber cypher warriors!!!!

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poetry is not a mask

poetry is not a commercial

poetry is not homogeneous

poetry is not an excuse

poetry is not perverse

poetry is not linear

poetry is not just for white guys with nothing better to do

poetry is not canonized

not a classroom unit

poetry is not a bunch/of line breaks/in random/places

not a grade

poetry is not taught or learned–it’s the language we were born with

not death without a birth

poetry is not inhibited

poetry is not brought to you by hallmark

a competition

poetry [will] not be televised

not a “10”

poetry is not about meter

poetry is not an accessory in a psuedo-revolutionary lifestyle

poetry is not oppressive

poetry is not convenient

poetry is not always easy

poetry is not boxable

not a bindi on a dreadlocked white girl’s forehead at a powwow

poetry is not the destination — it is the journey

poetry is not standard english

poetry is not patchouli

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poetry is my son’s smile

my fingers walking across his belly and squirming back

poetry is a heartbeat

yes

poetry is what i say to my reflection when i think no one is listening

poetry is a place to live

poetry is goosebumps!

poetry is breath

poetry is prayer

poetry is a breath of fresh air

poetry is italian ice on a 90-degree day

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poetry is your hand in mine

poetry is laughing out loud😛

hee!

poetry is an ecosystem

YES

poetry is painful but not in vain

poetry is a lifeline

poetry is family

poetry is an open heart

poetry is a safe space

poetry is knowing when you’ve met The One (or The Ones)

poetry is an exorcism

poetry is jabberwocky

poetry is knowing when you’ve met yourself

poetry is a new spelling of my name and everything else

poetry is the sound of sitting still

the sounds of getting up

poetry is raw

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poetry is forwards

poetry is a yes followed by an oh yes!

poetry is circular

poetry is everpresent

poetry is old

is silent when we’re not listening, but still persistently there

poetry is about to happen

poetry is our only hope

poetry is wanted and feared

poetry is your skin knitting itself back together

poetry is omnipresent

poetry is an open door

this language is beautiful

poetry is love

poetry is stinky funky lust

poetry is knowing when to stop

and start again

poetry is what makes you say “aww” when you see a little kid

poetry is putting into words what had no words before

poetry is putting into words what never existed before

poetry is what my heart is saying to my hand

poetry is constantly naming what is so it doesn’t get lost

poetry is mothering myself

poetry is how my mom calls my cell phone whenever i say (or type) the word “mother”

poetry is calling for my attention

Published in: on June 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Audre in Stereo: The School of Our Lorde Webinars

from For SHE So Loved the World: The Lorde Within

I don’t know if Audre used to call those Lesbian party lines back in the day. My hunch is that probably not so much, because she did a lot of her work in the time of a telephone monopoly, when long-distance service was really expensive and I can tell you…plenty of telephone disconnection services show up in the archived papers of Black feminist writers. Considering the miracles that Lorde participated in with sister-comrades, Pat Parker, Barbara Smith, Cheryl Clarke, Honor Moore while not living in the same state, or on the same coast or in the same country, through snail mail letters, it blows my mind to imagine what they might have done via skype!

At the same time…I’m grateful that some of those profound, world shifting, publication creating, discourse transforming conversations had to happen in letters, sometimes literally carbon-copied (the original “cc”) to multiple people. Because as a scholar, retro-stalker and Black feminist devotee having those letters available to read and reread means everything. Provides a trail and a trace. How are we documenting our brilliance now?

At any rate I think Audre would be tripping with glee at even the glitch-filled experience that those of us in the School of Our Lorde publishing webinar had in an audio-visual enabled internet chat room in her name! Blowing each other kisses from Durham, to Cairo, to New York City to the Rio Grande Valley, to New Hampshire, Fayetteville, to DC to Minnesota, to California, to Albany…you get the idea. I wonder if the energy of those kisses and the speed and delight with which they are received is having an internet butterfly effect, creating a storm of warrior wisdom and transformation, fanning the flames of our hearts and the ferocity of our words.

All I know is that I wake up everyday looking for another way to commune with the brilliant, complicated, warrior energy that I call Audre Lorde. And these past three weeks in the webinar I have been blessed to experience the playfulness, wisdom, hopeful spirit, critical insight, flirtatious naughtiness, and unblinkawayable beauty of Audre in the faces and typing fingers of all of the participants in the webinar. I am so grateful for this experience and I’m looking forward to how the poetry webinar (Mondays at 7:30 EDT starting June 2 at www.tinychat.com/schoolofourlorde) will print you further on my heart. (email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com for the readings for the next webinar!)

In the hands of the many,

Lex

Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Audre Lorde and the Poetics of Survival (an excerpt from Lex’s dissertation)

Happy Monday family!!!!  This is not the excerpt that I was planning on sharing from chapter one (I was planning on sending a part of the section on June Jordan’s theory of children’s literature..which chronologically comes first…), but the Lorde makes her presence knows in many ways.

This excerpt is from a section of my first chapter which is entitled “Survival: An Intervention into Meaning” this section of the chapter looks at poems by Audre Lorde that use survival as key terms (A Litany for Survival, The Brown Menace, On My Way Out I Passed Over You and the Verazzano Bridge, and Prologue) and has a major loving shout out to the reinvocations of A Litany for Survival by the UBUNTU family and the Be Bold Be Red crew!

Enjoy!!!

Audre Lorde and the Poetics of Survival Excerpt

direct link:

http://brokenbeautiful.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/audre-lorde-and-the-poetics-of-survival-excerpt.pdf

love,

lex

Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm  Leave a Comment