Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
October 6th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 298,706 comments.
Audre Lorde - Coal

is the total black, being spoken 
from the earth's inside. 
There are many kinds of open 
how a diamond comes into a knot of flame 
how sound comes into a words, coloured 
by who pays what for speaking. 

Some words are open like a diamond 
on glass windows 
singing out within the crash of sun 
Then there are words like stapled wagers 
in a perforated book—buy and sign and tear apart—
and come whatever will all chances 
the stub remains 
an ill-pulled tooth with a ragged edge. 
Some words live in my throat 
breeding like adders. Other know sun 
seeking like gypsies over my tongue 
to explode through my lips 
like young sparrows bursting from shell. 
Some words 
bedevil me 

Love is word, another kind of open. 
As the diamond comes into a knot of flame 
I am Black because I come from the earth's inside 
Now take my word for jewel in the open light.

Share |

Added: May 7 2003 | Viewed: 138 times | Comments and analysis of Coal by Audre Lorde Comments (29)

Coal - Comments and Information

Poet: Audre Lorde
Poem: Coal
Poem of the Day: Jan 8 2007

Comment 29 of 29, added on September 28th, 2015 at 5:09 AM.

HOJWUj I think other web site proprietors should take this site as an model, very clean and fantastic user genial style and design, as well as the content. You are an expert in this topic!

crork fiverr from Panama
Comment 28 of 29, added on December 21st, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

k2EwWy Thanks for the post, how can I make is so that I get an email every time there is a fresh post?

crorkzz from Belarus
Comment 27 of 29, added on December 20th, 2014 at 9:56 PM.

4sMMe2 Nice weblog right here! Also your site a lot up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your associate hyperlink in your host? I desire my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

nice penalty removal from Bulgaria

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Coal, has received 29 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Lorde Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links