For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our
existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate
our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into
language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.
Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be
thought. The farthest external horizons of our hopes and fears are
cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our
— Audre Lorde, Poetry is Not a Luxury