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Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde

was an African American writer, feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, particularly in her poems expressing anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life. Her poems and prose largely dealt with issues related to civil rights, feminism, and the exploration of black female identity.

Poetry Is Not a Luxury

by Audre Lorde

A classic essay from one of America’s great writers.

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Poetry Is Not a Luxury