Here are the essays we’ll be reading for the Summer of Our Lorde Study Group along with some possible discussion questions.
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(companion poem: “Journeystones” “Litany for Survival” or “There Are No Honest Poems about Dead Women”)
What are your individual definitions of anger? Where did we learn these definitions?
What is your relationship to your own anger? If you had to visually describe what your anger looks like, how would you describe it?
Can your group create a collective definition of anger?
What is the relationship between anger and privilege?
How is privilege operating in your group? How is anger acknowledged or silenced in your community?
(companion poem “In the House of Yemenja” or “BlackStudies”)
What is your first memory of hatred? What is your first memory of anger?
What is the difference between hatred and anger in your experience?
What anger, fear or hatred do you feel towards other members of your oppressed group?
What desire, anxiety, hope and love do you feel towards fellow members of your oppressed group?
Write a love letter to someone you are angry at, afraid of, competitive with.
What does it mean that “we can learn to mother ourselves”?
What does it mean to find a community “that will not turn away”
(companion poem: “Death Dance for a Poet”)
What is Audre Lorde’s definition of “woman”? What or whom does it include/exclude?
What is your definition of the erotic?
What is your definition of power?
What is your definition of gender?
How is erotic power a part of gender self-determination?
When do you feel most connected to your purpose?
How can we tangibly support each other in being connected to individual and shared purpose all the time?