Audre Lorde (born Audrey Geraldine Lorde, February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was a Caribbean-American writer and civil rights activist.
Lorde's poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s — in Langston Hughes' 1962 New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines. During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. Her first volume of poetry, The First Cities (1968), was published by the Poet's Press and edited by Diane di Prima, a former classmate and friend from Hunter College High School. Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde "does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone."
Her second volume, Cables to Rage (1970), which was mainly written during her tenure at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, addressed themes of love, betrayal, childbirth and the complexities of raising children. It is particularly noteworthy for the poem "Martha", in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality: "[W]e shall love each other here if ever at all." Later books continued her political aims in lesbian and gay rights, and feminism. In 1980, together with Barbara Smith and Cherríe Moraga, she co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U.S. publisher for women of colour. Lorde was State Poet of New York from 1991 to 1992.
Read more from her Wikipedia biography.
"[W]e shall love each other here if ever at all." Sounds very Venus-trine-Libra rising!
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART
BIRTH DATA: Audrey Geraldine Lorde, 18 February 1934, 21:00 (9 p.m.) EST (+5), New York, New York, USA (40n42, 74w00). ASC: 11 Libra. RR=A (from her in a biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes Alexis De Veaux, Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde (Norton, 2004), p. 305: "'This is the year I pass into the fish--,' Lorde noted on the day of her forty-fourth birthday; 'the sun now goes into Pisces at 7:21pm and I was born around 9pm on 2/18/34 and it was in Aquarius then.'"