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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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This is gorgeous, unsurprisingly. I’ve never read Audre Lorde’s poetry something I will remedy soon but knew she was a black lesbian poet, a warrior in many ways and an outspoken womanist. Although Lorde speaks specifically in terms of a women’s experiences with cancer and fighting against societal perceptions of womenI found that this book can provide supportive and empowering insight for anyone dealing with canver and physical malady.

The second chapter, ‘Breast Cancer: Lorde looks at her battle with breast cancer, and details how both she and those around her dealt with her diagnosis and surgery.

Not close enough to know her mournals Before reading The Cancer Journals, I had long inhabited their ranks. The message is clear: It is not an incidental or reactive position; in Cancer Journals, Lorde explains the feminist rationale behind it.

Reading this book makes me fear this disease less, and know that even if the worst happens, I, too, This book literally changed my life.

Her words explain the spirit of the book better than I ever could: I read this book back in the 90’s and wanted to revisit it again. Lorde helped me get past the grief of that loss. It’s raw and pained and unapologetic about both.

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Jul 29, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing Shelves: How am I going to do this now? They are inseparable from each other. And then again, on a more personal level, this book made me revisit my memories of my mothers battle with cancer, and of her reconstruction. 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.

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She is both brave and right. The interview for the job was terrible; three typical, bubbly camp counselor types asking the worst questions. The feminist themes that appear in The Cancer Journal have had tremendous impact on Lorde’s legacy and in those respective realms of social culture. It consists of three parts with pieces from journal entries and essays written between and [2].

I know that sounds a little cliche, but it was incredible to know the thoughts and feelings of one of the most influential queer writers of my time. Audre Lorde really hits the nail on the head when she writes: Currently re-reading this because I needed a little more undauntable audre in my life right now.

In this politically devastating time, I need all of the strength I can find. Lorde was State Poet of New York from to The Cancer Journals consists of an introduction and three chapters, each featuring passages from her diary. I wish I was alive for more of her life. A nun; the principal of my high school; a boss.

I liked the book and I really liked her way of writing and conveying her thoughts and emotions — she was a poet after all.

How am I going to do this now? Raw, truthful, and eloquently written.

That speaking it profits me, beyond any other effect. I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior. May Learn how journald when to remove this template message.

Some of her most famous poetic works include: Fans of Lorde’s other writings will appreciate this intimate glimpse into her feelings and life experiences. I was floored by the book and read it multiple times in the short span of time we dedicated to it lirde the class.


I wish I could have mourned her.

The Cancer Journals

My library Help Advanced Book Search. I’d never read them in their original context. It’s been a challenge to find reading material that both empowers and strengthens me, while being honest and open about the real suffering and challenges faced by people with illness and disability.

Something about her radiant smile and then that scary title, The Cancer Journals, seemed a contraction. But at the end of the day, it is still cancer, it is still scary as hell, and it is still my breast that cancer took from me. Her parents were both Caribbean immigrants, and she grew up with two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen [1]. The book is about her emotional response to such a, then and now, life changing event.

During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. This book will grow you and teach you tue hold you and when you get to the end it will feel like losing a friend, all the agony of beauty. She was a jourmals of English at Hunter College from until her untimely death from cancer in I tried to explain all of this in my interview, ending with Lorde’s words that she was a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.

Because I am woman, because I am black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself, a black woman warrior poet doing my work, come to ask you, are you doing yours?