Original Text: 
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 stomach
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Publication Notes: 
Between Our Selves.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
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