In The Nature Of: Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde, (c) Robert Alexander/Getty Images

This is a beginning; the first of (hopefully) firsts and seconds and thirds, and 47ths and 102nds. In The Nature Of is a series of short recordings, done outdoors (mostly) with the sounds of birds and branches as roof; water, soil and sand as flooring.

Hazel has asked farmers, artists, writers, thinkers and individuals from around the world to capture an idea, question or poem and share it. These are glimpses of a place, a time of day, a season, or momentary thought.

Our first recording is from Marguerite, whose name is a strong, tall flower, which grows wild in its’ native Canary Islands, and has now made its’ way around the world in blue, pink, yellow, white, always with its raised yoke at the centre.

In Irish, the word for daisy is noínín, meaning ‘afternoon child’ and Marguerite has this sense of openess, playfulness and rootedness. Marguerite is from France, and is working as a veg and flower grower in Devon. In her recording, done under a mulberry tree, she shares an erotic poem by Audre Lorde, an American writer, feminist and civil rights activist, who described herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” and whose life and creativity were dedicated to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.

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