Poetry is Not A Luxury

Excerpted from Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde, with a Preface by Reni Eddo-Lodge and an Introduction by Sara Ahmed.


The quality of light by which we scrutinise our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realised. This is poetry as illumination, for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which...