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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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Jul 29, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cosseted in prosthesis, literal or figurative, she argues, women are kept from confronting loss, of breasts or of formerly healthy selves. Her first volume of poetry, “The First Cities,” was published in It only remained for me to give it voice, to share it for use, that the pain not be wasted.

The other part is teaching. Jun 21, Shirleen R rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lorde then furthered her education at Columbia University, attaining a master’s degree in library science in [2].

I do not have cancer, but I am a feminist and one jourbals with an avalanche of overlapping autoimmune diseases. I was introduced to the lorve of Audre Lorde by a professor friend at Pitt who teaches several courses on her work.

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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Her first poem was published in Seventeen magazine while she was in high school; it had been rejected by her high school newspaper because it was “too romantic” Lorde considered her “mature” poetry, which focuses on her lesbian relationships, to be romantic also. Lorde, in journal entries, searing commentary, and memoir, writes about her experiences with breast cancer from a feminist perspective. Her cancer battle serves as a catalyst for much of her work, and is thus an important aspect in understanding the bigger picture of The Cancer Journals.


Jun 05, Blair Ngundze rated it it was amazing. Refresh and try again. I had to kick myself that what I take for granted now — of course, women may show their scarred chests in public without shame –was taboo, in the s.

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In short, she’s one of those feminists who is absolutely certain that every woman should stop unquestioningly believing in the male hegemonic propaganda, and lodre believing in hers. Jul 02, Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Audre Lorde was really the one. I’d never read them in their original context. Mar 08, Sunny rated it really liked it Shelves: Apart from the story Jourbals tells in her book, it is also essential to understand her experience with cancer apart from the literary work.

And some of them were women I didn’t even like! This book will grow you and teach you and hold you and when you get to I read this book during a friends battle with cancer, he would read passages to me and say that Lorde would tell me everything he couldn’t find the vocabulary to articulate.

Feb 21, Nicholas I. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences. She was the youngest member of the family, and was nearsighted to the point of being deemed legally blind [1].

A compelling memoir by poet and writer Audre Lorde. Audre Lorde really hits the nail on the head when she writes: Nov 03, Cancee rated it really liked it Shelves: In “Zami,” Lorde focuses on her developing lesbian identity and her response to racism in the white feminist and gay communities, and to sexism and homophobia in the African American community.


Currently re-reading this because I needed a little more undauntable audre in my life right now. Her first poem was published by Seventeen magazine when she was still in high school [3].

The specific problem is: It is as sad as it is triumphant.

Works by Audre Lorde. The feminist themes that appear jkurnals The Cancer Journal have had tremendous impact on Lorde’s legacy and in those respective realms of social culture. Want to Read saving…. Stonewall Book Award Some of her most famous poetic works include: Other early journala were published in many different journals, many of them under the pseudonym Rey Domini. Her courageous account of her struggle with breast cancer and the mastectomy that she underwent is movingly chronicled in “The Cancer Journals”her first major prose publication.

She does do it, and her book radiates with rebellion, even four decades later.

The Cancer Journals record a new way for women to face ill-health

The Erotic as Power,” in which she discusses the relationship of poetry to politics and the erotic. Once I accept the existence of dying as a life process, who can ever have power over me again?

This book literally changed my life. That is to remind me that even survival is only part of the task.

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You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? May 14, ralowe rated it it was amazing. The message is clear: