Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

East Berlin: An Oracle from Audre Lorde

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5ab655e9615f266f4579275b9f630879You are wondering whether or not you will have to punch a Nazi.  You are wondering how these Nazi’s got so much political power in the United States.   As always, turn to the Lorde.  Audre Lorde responded to Nazi violence in the streets and in the legislature in Germany at the end of her life with protest and passion.  This is an alphabetized oracle (proper nouns mostly excluded) from her poem “East Berlin.”

For a longer article that contextualizes this within my research on Audre Lorde see my piece over at Bitch Media: https://bitchmedia.org/article/andre-lordes-abcs-fighting-facism

To activate the oracle think of your question for this political moment.  Choose a letter of the alphabet that you associate with that question and scroll down to the relevant letter.  Meditate on the words, create your own poem prompted by them, do what feels right to you.  If your letter has no words in this poem, make your own poem comprised of words starting only with that letter.

 

A

 

 

along

accents

already

at

and

approaching

 

B

 

 

be

Black

blood

by

 

C

 

cement

campcots

candles

chasm

 

 

D

 

dangerous

death

disillusion

dreams

differing

defeat

 

E

 

 

F

 

feels

for

first

from

 

G

 

got

 

H

 

hustle

hatreds

half-cooked

hand-held

hitting

hour

hitting

hollowness

 

I

 

it

in

intersecting

in

in

in

is

in

 

J

 

K

 

L

 

light

laurels

lie

 

M

 

many

my

misplaced

miles

 

N

 

now

never

neon

new

November

 

O

 

on

other

of

only

 

P

 

pays

price

 

Q

 

R

 

reported

rung

rank

 

S

 

sad

suicides

siege

shrieks

streets

stomped

skinheads

scant

still

 

T

 

to

that

tattered

through

tallies

to

two-year-old

their

their

triumph

tasks

 

U

 

upon

 

V

 

visions

volcanic

vision

 

W

 

woman

who

wink

Wall

wall

where

wed

 

X

 

Y

 

Z

 

 

zoo

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