‘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.
Some words
bedevil me.

-Audre Lorde

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John Updike said, “writers take words seriously.”

I like this excerpt by Audre Lorde, where the poem is not fooled by how elusive words may seem in writing. I appreciate how this passage in the poem acknowledges such image and complexity in seven tightly crafted lines, marveling at words as active and present, interacting with our bodies, showing up as idea and images from the world around us. Here, Lorde writes about the relationship between words, the human body, and the natural world, where in that comparison she seems to suggest words too, as living things.

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