Lesbian Poetry Women of Colour

Movement in Black

Movement in BlackPat ParkerDiana Press1978

Movement In Black is a collection of poetry by Black lesbian feminist Pat Parker. The poems featured in the collection center around Parker’s experiences as a Black woman, lesbian, feminist, mother, writer, poet, and activist. 

From Wikipedia: The collection was originally published by Diana Press in 1978. When Diana Press closed in 1979, Movement In Black went out of print. In 1983, Crossing Press issued a facsimile edition of the collection, though the title was once again unavailable by 1987. Shortly after Parker’s death in 1989, Firebrand Books published its first edition of the collection, which included a foreword by Audre Lorde and an introduction by Judy Grahn. Ten years later, Firebrand released An Expanded Edition of Movement In Black, which includes a new section of previously-unpublished work, an introduction by Cheryl Clarke, and “Celebrations, Remembrances, Tributes” by ten Black writers including Lorde, Angela Y. Davis, Pamela Sneed, and Barbara Smith.