Some Words: The Poetry of Audre Lorde
Mondays, Aug 10-17, 7:45-8:45 pm
A two-week course led by Kate Lucas
"Some words live in my throat / breeding like adders. Others know sun / seeking like gypsies over my tongue / to explode through my lips / like young sparrows bursting from shell. / Some words / bedevil me.” So writes Audre Lorde in the poem “Coal.” To read Lorde’s poetry is to find this highly tuned sensitivity to words — their prismatic uses, fault lines, limitations. Known for her technical mastery and emotional expression in poetry as much as her contributions to feminist theory, critical race studies, and queer theory, Audre Lorde “was a poet to her core,” writes the critic Ben Voigt. By challenging modern culture’s yen to categorize and marginalize, by pointing to the intersections of race, class, and gender, Audre Lorde illuminates the limits of binary thinking. This course will explore selections from Coal (1976), Black Unicorn (1978), and other collections, including audio recordings of Lorde reading her poems.
Kate Lucas has been a student at Dharma Field since 2015 and received her MFA in writing, with an emphasis on poetry, from Hamline University. She has taught writing and literature at several colleges in the Twin Cities and previously served as assistant poetry editor for Water~Stone Review. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, and she has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Dickinson House, Loft Mentor Series, and elsewhere.
NOTE: The class will be held via Zoom, due to COVID-19. The link to join the Zoom Class Meeting will be provided at checkout and in the confirming email as well.
Seniors, students: Enter SEN OR STU in the discount coupon box at checkout for $5 discount.