Audre Lorde’s courageous account of her breast cancer defies how women are expected to deal with sickness, accepting pain and a. Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer. Bringing revolutionary queer women, women of color, and underrepresented voices to the forefront of literature since

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There are women who, to me, are also that river — runnin alongside my life, pullin me in. This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. I read this book back in the 90’s and wanted to revisit it again. Stonewall Book Award From inside the book. Audre Lorde is a revolutionary Black feminist. But my daughter said, ‘Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside of you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth.

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Once I accept the existence of dying as a life process, who can ever have power over me again? Mar 19, Eric Susak rated it it was amazing. Lorde did not just identify with just one category, but many, wanting to celebrate all parts of herself equally.

Published September 1st by Aunt Lute Books first published This book will grow you and teach you and hold you and when you get to the end it will feel like losing a friend, all the agony of beauty. Audre Lorde really hits the nail on the head when she writes: Lorde was State Poet of New York from to It only jpurnals for me to give it voice, to share it for use, that the pain not be wasted.


Audre Lorde was really the one.

Fans of Lorde’s other writings will appreciate this intimate glimpse into her feelings and life experiences. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Cancer Journals – Wikipedia

One of my favorite quotes: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That is to remind me that even survival is only part of the task. In this politically devastating time, I need all of the strength I can find. Sick writers, both male and female, have often reflected on how illness overwhelms their work. The interview for the job was terrible; three typical, bubbly camp counselor types asking the worst questions. Aunt Lute’s special hardcover edition of The Cancer Journals gathers together twelve such tributes as well as a series of six photographs taken of Lorde by photographer Jean Weisinger.

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The Cancer Journals

A primary focus of this section is Lorde’s recognition of her intense need to survive, to be a warrior rather than a victim, and her acknowledgment of the network of women whose love sustained her [7]. Jul 29, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lorde then furthered her education at Columbia University, attaining a master’s degree in library science in [2].

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? If you have someone in your life facing breast cancer, buy them this book. The violence is not limited to the excision; beyond the fog of pain lie the expectations of a culture that wants, even demands, that women look a certain way. Only now, I know “from what” that Lorde warned silence could not protect — from fear and from death.


zudre Again, I am so interested in the various permutations of enforced silences, how clearly she articulates these silences. Does sickness, with its attendant infirmity, its gloomy shadow over the intellectual, represent feminist defeat? View all 5 comments. Prosthesis’, Lorde describes her coming to terms with the results of and life after her mastectomy.

Lorde’s story is partly about a woman who refused to settle for prosthesis after her breast was removed, who believes that women don’t need to have two breasts to be beautiful, th Post-mastectomy reflections and journal entries from the former Poet Laureate. One of my favorite passages acncer on the bottom of page From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In short, she’s one of those feminists who is absolutely certain that every woman audfe stop unquestioningly believing in the male hegemonic propaganda, and start believing in hers.

Although Lorde speaks specifically in terms of a women’s experiences with cancer and fighting auddre societal perceptions of womenI found that this book can provide supportive and empowering insight for anyone dealing with disease and physical malady. Lorde’s poetry was published very regularly during the s — in Langston Hughes’ New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines.