Sunlight by Alexis Pauline Gumbs


After Audre Lorde’s “Production”

For Linda Thurston, Mumia Abu-Jamal and the hunger striking prisoners in California who included in their demands, sunlight.



sweet leaks out the droning walls
call it a hard-knocks monastery
call it Ghandi split and shackled
call it honey  in a bitter built hive

call it hunger
low voiced and steady
call it straining the flow
sweet don’t stop in the brackish brace of bars

sting our stumbling
our slowness our sloth
sting our floral forgetting

honey breathe deep

something is blooming in the dark

slice through         thick blink invisible
slice through          wax paper apathy
sweet leaks out    
brown face in every full crack of air


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Contributor Notes

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a marriage abolitionist and a prison abolitionist who lives and loves in Durham, NC.