Bringing revolutionary queer women, women of color, and underrepresented voices to the forefront of literature since 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.

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Audre came to a powerful conclusion when she wrot I remember hearing of Audre’s death sixteen years ago. Read more Read less.

From inside the book. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. In this politically devastating time, I need all of the strength I can find.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Published September 1st by Aunt Lute Books first published This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. I believe I even had a better understanding of women after reading this book.

The Cancer Journals

First published inthis new edition brings together posthumous tributes to Lorde from such writers and journas as Margaret Randall, Jewelle Gomez, and Barbara Smith, among others.

She was known to describe herself as African-American, black, dyke, feminist, poet, mother, etc. When she knew she had it, it gave her a rage to live. Audre drops lyrical wisdoms and then follows it with a line about lotde. Certainly, the book should be considered in the context of her time.

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I just finished this book for the freshman seminar course as a teaching assistant. Books by Audre Lorde. Starting with an excerpt from her previous poetic work The Black UnicornLorde calls on the reader to abolish silence and speak out. Though the main theme centers around breast cancer and mastectomy, please, if you are a feminist do not shy away from this book.


Growing up in Depression Era New York City, Lorde struggled to find her voice and turned to poetry and writing to express herself [1]. Once I accept the existence of dying as a life process, who can ever have power over me again? Yet knowing all that didn’t prepare me for her powerful intelligence, her amazing philosophical insight into modern society, her spirituality and honesty.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lorde’s most passionate battle was waged against silence. Although of course being incorrect is always the hardest, but even that is becoming less important. 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. The short book also talks about what the effect of a mastectomy is on women and especially those, like Audre, who refuse to wear what essentially amounted to a fake filled up bra to replicate the breast that was now missing or have silicone gel implants inserted.

Best medical journal for patients. Lorde even finds a way of theorizing about the way women’s bodies, in particular women’s breast and hair, are made into the “containers” of femininity in American culture such that to lose them, women are made to feel inadequate.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. In the third chapter, ‘Breast Cancer: Quotes from The Cancer Journals. Sick writers, both male and female, have often reflected on how illness overwhelms their work.

Lorde’s Cancer Journals are at once profound, powerful, and wrought with despair. Embracing her one-breasted self, Lorde refuses to render invisible her difference and the experience of pain that is somehow embarrassing to others. I checked it out and read it in a matter of a few hours.

I wish I could have mourned her.

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

Mar 18, Madison rated it really liked it. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. 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. No one who has not lived the experience of looking in the mirror and seeing one breast can understand how difficult this decision has become for women.

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January Learn how and when to hournals this template message. Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy.

Audre was really that Black warrior feminist dyke.