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Making a Home

Angelita Hampton

I use the erotic while Audrey Lorde’s fingers write across my back

letting me feel the words of black women coming home to roost

to howl to nurse our wounds like being made animals,

analogies of our bodies agonizing within us.


She is breaking me free, liberating my skin as

black and worthy      full       well rounded      and beautiful.


I use the erotic like words and blackness and power

I kiss loud and proud. I get naked like a natural woman.

The House of the rising sun is in my thighs.

I make Love to all the otherness

welcoming home

Angelita Hampton is a writer, visual artist, activist, sister, and daughter. Her undergraduate studies in Psychology and African American Studies at Earlham College and graduate studies at The Ohio State University, along with her time living abroad in Mexico, deeply inform her creative work. She identifies as a Black queer feminist revolutionary inspired by and dedicated to social justice.


Angelita is an Indianapolis native who enjoys the arts, nature, and maintaining close ties to family. She has self-published several books of poetry in addition to having poems published in Rigorous, Bay Windows, RagShock, and Coffee People Zine.

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