The necessity of writers allowing their words to root and grow into essays, poems and stories is courage and a display of effortless perseverance. My new studies in Africana Women’s Studies, is adorned with critics and contributions of Audre Lorde. I was familiar with her work before I re-entered school but I didn’t understand the magnitude of her contributions because I was unaware she had created a grand portion of the language. Her love of equality and freedom for people of color, women and artists is something to be studied. Please enjoy the article below on Ms. Audre Lorde!
Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde
One of the things I was absolutely afraid of when going back into school was my mind being utilized for the left side of critical reading and thinking and no time for creativity. Well, I was correct! I didn’t know I had the capacity to read so many non-fiction books! I will admit, it took me a few papers graded with B’s and C’s before I got the hang of writing research papers. What came easy for me was the discipline of writing. SCORE!
While I went back to teaching this week, I have one more week before I go back to performing double duty of teaching during the week and then being a student at night. Then I go back into the dungeon of the left side of my beautiful brain. With that, I have committed to creatively writing once a week. I committed to writing a reflective post and a poem. Then I had the pressure of… ‘what will I write?’ So this year for my resolutions I decided to mediate, contemplate, consider one of the same three things every week:
- How will my creative work serve as “insertions” on holistic standpoints in black women’s narrative? These narratives include novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. These insertions include performance work, educational presentations, literature and literary critics.
- How have I allowed the term, mobility, to serve or anchor my life? What will I now do differently?
- How have I allowed breast cancer to keep occupancy in my life? What will I now do differently?
These weekly meditations, contemplating and writings will serve as me defining them, confronting them and developing resolve. After I wrote out resolutions and goals for 2019, I realized these were the three revolving themes. I am thinking this can serve as part of my “self- care” and I commit to this for at least 45 minutes a week.
Well, that is the plan! I did not factor in a pre-teen and two teenagers with their very full lives! We shall see.
I am reading this jewel of a book this morning for one of my classes. (ok… it’s Saturday so I am doing some work around the house so I have the audio on as well)
There are so many jewels that I am coming across in this text that I want to share some. Enjoy 🙂
“I learned to love my son without wanting to possess him and I learned how to teach him to teach himself.” – Maya Angelou
“I am convinced that people do not grow up. We find parking spaces and honor our credit cards. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are still innocent and shy as magnolias.” – Maya Angelou
“Some entertainers have tried to make art of their coarseness. When they heap mud upon themselves and allow their tongues to wag with vulgarity, they expose their belief they are not worth loving.” Maya Angelou
“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights. I maintain an attitude or gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow.” Maya Angelou