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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Embracing her one-breasted self, Lorde refuses to render invisible her difference and the experience of pain that is somehow embarrassing to others. PaperbackSpecial Editionpages. Th 08, Sunny rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 08, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 05, Blair Ngundze rated it it was amazing.

This was written fourteen years prior to her death, when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior. If you have someone in your life facing breast cancer, buy them this book.

Oct 28, Terry rated it it was amazing.

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

That speaking it profits me, beyond any other effect. Thf thought provoking work, whether or not you agree with everything Lorde writes. Hell, for most of my life I’ve lived within 70 miles of that river. Quotes from The Cancer Journals. Stonewall Book Award This short collection of essays and journal reflections points to the heart of cancer anxieties, jokrnals from a resonant Black Lesbian Warrior, whose work has inspired generations of activists to undergo a critical change in biomedicine.

Some of her most famous poetic works include: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. So glad I picked this up. Feminism Women Cancer Health blogposts.


This chapter describes the emotions experienced by one without any close peers or role uournals through lordw course of diagnosis, surgery, and recovery. I read this book every year or so, and am constantly amazed at her ability to be honest – starkly so – even in the depths of her physical and emotional pain. Growing up in Depression Era New York City, Lorde struggled to find her voice and turned to poetry and writing to express herself [1]. We have made great strides in cure. That is to remind me that even survival is only part of the task.

Wiggins rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There is one incident in the book where she is asked to wear the filled up bra otherwise she could bring down the moral of the people in the office — WTF!!! 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.

A compelling memoir by poet and writer Audre Lorde. In this work, Lorde pushes the idea of uniting these groups by finding common ground in their trials and tribulations.

The Cancer Journals

I do not have cancer, but I am a feminist and one diagnosed with an avalanche of overlapping autoimmune diseases. Jounrals all 5 comments.

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.

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I was interviewing for a summer day camp counselor job in college and just finished reading this book. I lov I was interviewing for a summer day camp counselor job in college and just finished reading this book. I am using this as a piece for my master’s paper because lorde’s voice is actually one of few who in detail speaks of her exeprience journalss only with cancer, but the medical establishment, her breasts, her love of and community of women, and her mood. I believe I even had a better understanding of women after reading this book.


Sick writers, both male and female, have often reflected on how illness overwhelms their work.

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Return to Book Page. Again, I am so interested in the various permutations of enforced silences, how clearly she articulates these silences. Jun 21, Shirleen R rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because I am woman, because I am black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself, a black thhe warrior poet doing my work, come to ask you, are you doing yours? 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.

Account Hhe Sign in. 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.

There are women who, to me, are also that river — runnin alongside my life, pullin me in. Mar 19, Eric Susak rated it it was amazing. January Learn how caancer when to remove this template message. I checked it out and read it in a matter of a few hours.