On the evening of Wednesday 16th March at Marble Beer House in Chorlton we held our monthly workshop on the theme of Audre Lorde. We gathered in the corner, drank beer and read Audre’s poems for inspiration in the following exercises.
1. Free write for five minutes starting with the line “Out of my flesh that hungers and my mouth that knows” from On a Night of the Full Moon.
2. Look at the poem Hanging Fire. Write a poem where each stanza ends on the same couplet.
3. Audre Lorde said of oppression “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house” (full speech here). Think about this in relation to language, and how the languages we use reflect our gender, race, sexuality and class. What does this mean to you? Write a poem in response to any thoughts you have in relation to this.
4. In the style of Recreation, write a sensual Ars Poetica (poem about writing poetry). This can be about a partner, real or imagined, or about self love, or love of the body in relation to poetry.
If you write anything in response to one of these exercises, or have another poem you have written based off the life or work of Audre Lorde, check out our CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for this month’s zine dedicated to Audre Lorde and send your poems and/or artwork in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our monthly event is on at Three Minute Theatre in Manchester on Monday 28th March. With our guests and open micers we will celebrate the life and works of Audre Lorde. Click here for the Facebook event and we hope to see you there!