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November 07, 2021


I’m eager to listen this spoken aloud. Thanks!

"Sister Outsider, whose name has many other spellings ...You who poured love in us..." Beautiful!
This poem leads me to think of everyone around me, makes me want to sit down and write with refrains as forceful as these. Thanks, Abena,--this poem's a heart pounding.
And thank you Terence for bringing it to us.

Thanks for the comment, my friend.

what don said....and more

Wonderful, Abena!

I recently listened to the audio book version of “ Sister Outside “ and this time I changed the title in my minds eye to “Sister Inside’ . In memory, I join Abena’s lamentation to forever mock death : oh death where is your sting? Audrey lives on in her words and in the words of Abena and in your words and mine.

What a powerful, stirring tribute Abena! Oh so fitting, from one warrior poet to another :-)

Thank you for sharing this moving homage to one of the titans of American letters.
Her seat in the Pantheon will remain secured by sharing the power of her wisdom, honesty, and bravery. Thank you, Abena.

I hear your voice, Abe, as I read this, and through you, I hear Audre's voice. She taught me through you. What an astonishing lament, for such an astonishing woman. Thank you.

Beautiful poem, would love to hear you reading it, I actually read thinking your voice.

Reading this poem in Traces of a Life few years ago, I kept thinking of how the words and images stretch forth their hands to touch the reader’s heart. Reading it now, the magical force of the poem performs itself anew. I appreciate the dexterous control of rhythm, alliterations, repetitions, optatives, caesuras, invocations, apostrophes, parataxis, intertextual references, translations. All the words gather to build a powerful poetic monument for “our” Lorde. Thank you for this wonderful gift!

Top focus on just one thing in this powerfully moving poem: the sibilants in the opening and closing lines and often throughout the poem suggest to me that sorrowful line from the Holy Week liturgy: if there is any sorrow like my sorrow -- si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.

Superbe H.E. Professor Abena Busia!!! 💜Ousseina

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