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Audre Lorde

Coming together  it is easier to work  after our bodies  meetpaper and penneither care nor profitwhether we write or notbut as your body movesunder my hands  charged and waiting  we cut the leashyou create me against your thighs  hilly with imagesmoving through our word countries  my bodywrites into your fleshthe poemyou make of me. Touching… Continue reading Audre Lorde

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Jewelle Gomez

I want to hold youin a motel roomwith the sunshine stripeof venetian blindsacross your back.Or I want to dream of that. — Jewelle Gomez, from “At Night,” The Key To Everything: Classic Lesbian Love Poems. Edited by Gerry G. Pearlberg. (St. Martin’s Press; 1st edition December 15, 1994)

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Elizabeth Grosz

To submit one’s pleasures and desires to enumeration and definitive articulation is to submit processes and becomings, to entities, locations, and boundaries, to become welded to an organizing nucleus of fantasy and desire whose goal is not simply pleasure and expansion, but control, and the tying of the new to models of what is already… Continue reading Elizabeth Grosz

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Jackie Wang

Your body next to my body is being rewritten. I hope that’s okay. I dream of you every night and I worry that the more I dream the more I overwrite you, the more I re-write the memory of you. — Jackie Wang, from “The Vernacular of Our Bodies,” The Sunflower Cast a Spell to… Continue reading Jackie Wang

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Jeffrey Eugenides

It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water. —  Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex. (Picador September 16, 2002)

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H.D.

…if you do not even understand what words say,how can you expect to pass judgementon what words conceal? ― H.D., from “The Walls Do Not Fall,” Trilogy: The Walls Do Not Fall / Tribute to the Angels / The Flowering of the Rod. (New Directions; Reprint edition September 17, 1998) Originally published January 1st 1973.

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Truman Capote

A kind of silence, if I may say, was walking through the house, and, like most silence, it was not silent at all: it rapped on the doors, echoed in the clocks, creaked on the stairs, leaned forward to peer into my face and explode. ― Truman Capote, Other Voices, Other Rooms. (Vintage; 5th or… Continue reading Truman Capote

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Audre Lorde

and nothing says that you must say helloas we pass in the street,but we have known each othertoo well in the darkfor thisand it hurts me when you do not speak. — Audre Lorde, from “The Dozens,” The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. (W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition February 17, 2000) Originally published… Continue reading Audre Lorde

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