Welcome to OpenLinkNight everyone. As you know, OpenLinkNight is your opportunity to link 1 poem of your choice as this is no prompt-day. For those who missed the Mr Linky deadline the past week or this Tuesday’s poetics about “Invisible“, this is also your opportunity to share your poem.
As some of you know, we are working on our next project, Poetry Form. Our 2nd Poetry Form is the The Rubaiyat, which is still open for the next 3 weeks. After you have linked up, revisit Mr. Linky for many more rubaiyat poems.
Today, I would like to pay tribute to poems by Audre Lorde (1934-1992). Here is the reading of her 5 poems: Coal, Second Spring, Echo, Memorial III and Never to Dream of Spider.
Coal by Audre Lorde
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 a sound comes into a word, coloured
By who pays what for speaking.
Some words are open
Like a diamond on glass windows
Singing out within the crash of passing sun
Then there are words like stapled wagers
In a perforated book—buy and sign and tear apart—
And come whatever wills all chances
The stub remains
An ill-pulled tooth with a ragged edge.
Some words live in my throat
Breeding like adders. Others know sun
Seeking like gypsies over my tongue
To explode through my lips
Like young sparrows bursting from shell.
Love is a word another kind of open—
As a diamond comes into a knot of flame
I am black because I come from the earth’s inside
Take my word for jewel in your open light.
Never to Dream of Spiders by Audre Lorde
Time collapses between the lips of strangers
my days collapse into a hollow tube
soon implodes against now
like an iron wall
my eyes are blocked with rubble
a smear of perspectives
blurring each horizon
in the breathless precision of silence
one word is made.
Once the renegade flesh was gone
fall air lay against my face
sharp and blue as a needle
but the rain fell through October
and death lay a condemnation
within my blood.
The smell of your neck in August
a fine gold wire bejeweling war
all the rest lies
illusive as a farmhouse
on the other side of a valley
vanishing in the afternoon.
Day three day four day ten
the seventh step
a veiled door leading to my golden anniversary
flameproofed free-paper shredded
in the teeth of a pillaging dog
never to dream of spiders
and when they turned the hoses upon me
a burst of light.
To join us for Thursday’s OpenLinkNight, which happens every other week, here’s how to join:
See you at the poetry trail. ~Grace~
Hi Grace and dverse Poets! Thank you for introducing me to Audre Lorde. I enjoyed the poems and will be reading more. I’ll link up a poem and then I’ll have to go but will be back tomorrow to read and comment.
Welcome Kim! See you at the poetry trail!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello all.. and good evening… some evenings I’m so tired so it’s nearly bedtime already— linked up a short poem written in haste…. (I also need to catch up on the invisible prompt)
The time difference is something else but hope you have a good night rest Bjorn. See you in the poetry trail.
Glenn Buttkus said:
Thanks for hosting, Grace. Lots of snow here, so maybe a hot cup of tea would be what I need. I’m posting episode 87 of BLACKTHORNE today; I’m about a third of the way through my novel manuscript, so this saga could last for years.
Ice and snow here too Glenn. A cup of tea for you coming up. Wow, another chapter so looking forward to it.
Glen, I tried leaving a comment to your post. My internet connection is so slow out here in the bundu it won’t load the recaptcha service at all. I tried at the previous episode as well. Just to say I, like the others, love the series and am looking forward to the next instalment. Grace’s loads because she doesn’t have the identifying photo aspect turned on. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post. Petru.
Hi Grace, unsure about whether I can link up yet another Rubaiyat to the particular site, but definitely linking up here a set for input.
Thanks Petru. Yes, its okay to link up in OLN too. Will be checking out the rubaiyat trail also for new ones.
Therisa Godwaldt said:
Hello everyone, am linking up an unusual poem for me, which I wrote last year. Call it, my unvalentine Valentine’s Day poem.
Thanks for joining in. I haven’t thought about Valentine yet, ha..ha…
Linda Kruschke said:
Things have been crazy in my neck of the woods, and so my participation here has been a bit scarce. I’m always of the mind that if I don’t have time to read at least some of the other poems linked, then it’s not fair to link something here. It may take me a few days, but I do hope to get through the OLN poems. Today I’m sharing a poem that’s posted on another blog where I’ve been asked to be the resident poet, sharing a new poem each month on the blog’s theme. For January, the theme was our “one word,” which for me this year is Treasured. I also need to go check out the rubaiyat lesson. I missed that one in all my busyness. I do love the challenge of a new poetry form.
Our rubaityat form link is still open and there’s another round next Thursday to write a fresh new one. Yes, I agree with you on the commenting thing. If I don’t have time to comment and visit, I don’t link up either. It is my pet peeve when poets don’t visit and comment back, and I just frankly learn to ignore them.
M. Oniker said:
Thanks for the introduction to Audre Lorde, Grace. So much poetry, so little time. I did the linky thing, on a silly found poem written in 2014. I was looking for a more serious poem, but that one seems to have wandered off.
Welcome to dVerse! Looking forward to reading your poem.
i read the first one and like her Grace, thank you for introducing her to us. I have one poem to link. So many lovely ones to read though! Busy weekend coming up I need a peppermint tea to relax. hope you are keeping warm.
Peppermint tea coming up. Ginger tea is our favorite here. Not just snow but ice and so it’s a bit slippery. Enjoy your weekend.
sounds dangerous. i slipped on ice not pretty and so painful! be safe. ginger tea sounds very warming. a restful weekend to you Grace.
Hi everyone! Hope you enjoyed our poet for this OLN. I will hit the trail in a few minutes. Have a good day or night!!!!
Thank you for hosting, Grace! I’m posting and running today, as it’s my daughter’s birthday. I’ll be back to read. I think I’m finally caught up with my Invisibles! 🙂
Hi Merril. I will catch up on the Invisible poems myself. Enjoy your daughter’s birthday celebration!!!
Thank you, Grace!
Question for the poets here at
Hello! If you are joining in, please put your link in Mr. Linky.
One invisible ruba’i from me.
Thanks for joining in.
Frank J. Tassone said:
Evening, Poets! Thanks, Grace, for pubtending another OLN! I’ll have my usual burgundy, please! Just leave the bottle. 🙂
See you all on the trail! 🙂
Sure Frank! See you at the poetry trial.
Hi fellow poets! Thanks for hosting, Grace and for the intro to Audre Lorde. I added a very late sonnet because after widdling away at it for weeks and missing the deadline, I wanted to at least link it up here. Will be out on the poetry trails over the next couple days.🙂
Such a lovely tribute to Mary Mish. Keep warm !!!
Warm greetings from cold Iowa tonight! The blizzard outside inspired my attempt at a rubaiyat. Thanks for hosting, Grace 🙂
Hi Lynn. Hope you are warm and snug tonight. Thanks for joining our rubaiyat linky.
Thank you for graciously hosting Grace. I am currently in a downswing of my depression. I have been up and down rapidly in the last couple days, so writing poetry for polite society is a little beyond me at the moment. I tried to write through my emotional roller coaster today, and what came out was so angry I am not going to post it here. It fascinated me, but no, not here. Instead, I am posting the haibun I just wrote for Haibun Monday. I was on the waning edge of an upswing and it has a melancholy but essentially positive essence.
Hi Rob, Hoping for that upswing to last longer. Just write if you need to find myself and peace for yourself. Have a good weekend.
Hi Grace and All. So late to the pub tonight. There was a power outage at 4 (I was finishing up a story and was going to be late anyway) that lasted until 9. No time to write a poem tonight but I look forward to hitting the poetry trail and checking out your offerings. Grace, ginger tea sounds so tasty, never had it, maybe next time you would pour me a cup?
Yes, ginger tea is comfort specially at this cold winter season. See you at the poetry trail.
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Have added my link to this open link night (which will serve, invisibly or not, as the response to the ‘invisible’ prompt …).
Thank you, Grace, for hosting!
Any brownies left at the bar?
Wishing you all a lovely night from a capricious-weather-NYC. We’re doing the roller coaster these days. I recommend stocks in Kleenex, given how many kids (and their respective adults) have runny noses …
Yes we do and some tea for your cold hands. Thankfully had my flu shots last year so I am all aready for the colds and runny noses. Have a good weekend.
Na'ama Yehuda said:
🙂 Me no want runny noses (been wiping those off of small faces all week ;)) but a nice cuppa will be lovely! 🙂
Took me a bit to find the comments – somehow they weren’t on the page as usual, but hidden away.
We’re in for a snowstorm or three around here over the next several days, so I’ll be hunkered down with some cozy blankets and sugar water for the hummingbirds. I’m posting a work in progress that I’ve been chewing on.
Thank you, Grace, for Lorde. She steels my spine and fires up my belly.
I am happy she inspires you. Keep safe from the snow storm.
Very nice poems, Grace.
Thanks for sharing & for hosting.
Have a wonderful week!
I am happy to be here 🙂
Thanks for joining us Anita.