30 review for Poetry Is Not a Luxury

  1. 5 out of 5

    shi ❦

    This is a perfect read for Black History Month. A brief essay (just three pages) by Audre Lorde on the power of poetry. “The white fathers told us, I think therefore I am; and the black mothers in each of us - the poet - whispers in our dreams, I feel therefore I can be free. Poetry coins the language to express and charter this revolutionary awareness and demand, the implementation of that freedom.” “Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the li This is a perfect read for Black History Month. A brief essay (just three pages) by Audre Lorde on the power of poetry. “The white fathers told us, I think therefore I am; and the black mothers in each of us - the poet - whispers in our dreams, I feel therefore I can be free. Poetry coins the language to express and charter this revolutionary awareness and demand, the implementation of that freedom.” “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.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shaazia

    "For within living structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanisation, our feelings were not meant to survive. Kept around as unavoidable adjuncts or pleasant pastimes, feelings were expected to kneel to thought as women were expected to kneel to men. But women have survived. As poets." I'm crying. "For within living structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanisation, our feelings were not meant to survive. Kept around as unavoidable adjuncts or pleasant pastimes, feelings were expected to kneel to thought as women were expected to kneel to men. But women have survived. As poets." I'm crying.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nuha A. Al-Soufi.

    In this masterpiece, Lorde sang about poetry and feminist theory together. Which made me amazed and confused at the same time! Yes, I have my own voice, and with it, not only I can change myself, but also I can change the world itself! I really like how I feel after I read something made by Lorde. Lorde described the woman's place of power as "The woman's place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface, it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep." It's amazing that I was agreeing with In this masterpiece, Lorde sang about poetry and feminist theory together. Which made me amazed and confused at the same time! Yes, I have my own voice, and with it, not only I can change myself, but also I can change the world itself! I really like how I feel after I read something made by Lorde. Lorde described the woman's place of power as "The woman's place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface, it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep." It's amazing that I was agreeing with Lorde in each word she wrote, but when she said:"The white fathers told us, I think therefore I am; and the black mothers in each of us-the poet-whispers in our dreams, I feel therefore I can be free. Poetry coins the language to express and charter this revolutionary awareness and demand, the implementation of that freedom." she turned up the table. Thi powerful woman is my new idol.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mert

    3/5 Stars (%65/100) Audre Lorde was an extremely important woman during the feminist movement, especially for African-American women. Since I am a fan of poetry, this was very interesting to read. Lorde talks about the necessity of literature, poetry specifically, for women. Women should use poetry to express themselves and make people listen to them. Great essay about poetry and women's movement. 3/5 Stars (%65/100) Audre Lorde was an extremely important woman during the feminist movement, especially for African-American women. Since I am a fan of poetry, this was very interesting to read. Lorde talks about the necessity of literature, poetry specifically, for women. Women should use poetry to express themselves and make people listen to them. Great essay about poetry and women's movement.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    "We can train ourselves to respect our feelings, and to discipline (transpose) them into a language that matches those feelings so they can be shared. And where that language does not yet exist, it is our poetry which helps to fashion it. Poetry is not only dream or vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives." I highly recommend this essay as a companion to Natasha Trethewey, Claudia Rankine, and all other Women Poets of Color. "We can train ourselves to respect our feelings, and to discipline (transpose) them into a language that matches those feelings so they can be shared. And where that language does not yet exist, it is our poetry which helps to fashion it. Poetry is not only dream or vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives." I highly recommend this essay as a companion to Natasha Trethewey, Claudia Rankine, and all other Women Poets of Color.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Figueroa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It showed me a lot of things and true meaning it was very interesting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    This short essay explains everything! It’s 3-6 pages long, so you could go read it in less time than it would take me to write a proper review. It is in _Sister Outsider_.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    I cried reading this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    An essential text

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    Satwik Pradhan

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    Frank Russo

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    Ever

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    ashley

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    Tobias Ådin

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    Jmgreen12

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    Patricia Batubara

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    Jean Johnston Smith

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    Malik

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    Leelah

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