Lorde, Audre. The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. New York, NY: Norton, 1997: 215-216.
1The difference between poetry and rhetoric
2is being ready to kill
4instead of your children.
5I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot wounds
6and a dead child dragging his shattered black
7face off the edge of my sleep
8blood from his punctured cheeks and shoulders
9is the only liquid for miles
10and my stomachThe rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Publication Start Year:
Between Our Selves.
RPO poem Editors:
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh