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Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (1934–1992) was a writer, womanist, and civil-rights activist whose iconic work continues to influence generations of poets. Her poetry collections include The First Cities, From a Land Where Other People Live, Our Dead Behind Us, and The Black Unicorn, and her prose volumes include Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, and The Cancer Journals. From 1991 to 1992, she served as poet laureate of New York State. Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974–1989 was released this year by A Midsummer Night’s Press.

From a letter to Pat Parker

December 6, 1985 Things you must beware of right now­— A year seems like a lot of time now at this end—it isn’t. It took me three years to reclaim my full flow. Don’t lose your sense of urgency on…