Quotes from Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde:
…poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predict our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless…. carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives (37).
-the poet-whispers in our dreams: I feel, therefore I can be free (38).
As we learn to bear the intimacy of scrutiny and to flourish within it, as we learn to use the products of that scrutiny for power within our living, those fears which rule our lives and form our silences begin to lose their control over us (36).
Lorde has a way with words, but she succinctly explains why poetry is so important to me.