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Coal (excerpt)

Audre Lorde

Love is a word, another kind of open.
As the diamond comes into a knot of flame
I am Black because I come from the earth's inside
Now take my word for jewel in the open light.

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"Coal" (excerpt) from Collected Poems by Audre Lorde. Copyright © 1968, 1970, 1973. Reprinted with the permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.


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