Episode #136 Coping - Audre Lorde

06.27.2021 - By Close Talking: A Poetry Podcast

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Connor and Jack discuss the Audre Lorde poem "Coping." They discuss Lorde's legacy as a writer and theorist, how poems and other pieces of culture can be palatable containers for unruly emotions, and the nature imagery the poem uses. They also take time to reflect on the ways the poem gets them thinking about climate change.

More about Audre Lorde, here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/audre-lorde

By: Audre Lorde

It has rained for five days
the world is
a round puddle
of sunless water
where small islands
are only beginning
to cope
a young boy
in my garden
is bailing out water
from his flower patch
when I ask him why
he tells me
young seeds that have not seen sun
and drown easily

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