This essay explores feelings conjured through the poetic works of June Jordan, Sonia Sanchez, Carolyn M. Rodgers, and Audre Lorde performed through dance. In an effort to stray away from dance as representation, movement in the form of dance manifests the inner feelings and memories that poetry prompts. I argue for vulnerability and the intentional giving of the self that makes this process possible and felt by the viewer. The process entails an embodied knowledge that centers the knowing of Black women, girls, and femmes: a knowing that is experiential and rooted in the body.

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