. . . For women, then, poetry is not a luxury.
It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms
the quality of the light within which we predicate
our hopes and dreams toward survival and change,
first made into language, then into idea, then into more
tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to
the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons
of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems,
carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives. . . .
~ Audre Lorde*
* From Audre Lorde, "Power, Oppression and the Politics of Culture: A Lesbian/Feminist Perspective", 4th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Mt. Holyoke College, August 23-25, 1978 (excerpt, pp 23-25)
Audre Lorde's Emory University Profile
Audre Lorde on Modern American Poetry
Audre Lorde on Poets.org/Academy of American Poets
Audre Lorde Profile at New York State Writers Institute/SUNY
Audre Lorde, "The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action (Excerpt)", Ubuntu!, June 26, 2007
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (Documentary)
Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years (FaceBook) This is about a film by Dagmar Schultz and Zara Zandieh, who expect to release the documentary in Winter 2011/2012.
Alexis de Veaux, Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde, GoogleBooks