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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Audre Lorde really hits the nail on the head when she writes: Stonewall Book Award 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Understanding the early developments of her life and her journey to writing poetry, leads to a better understanding of her work on The Cancer Journals and its significance.

Aug 04, Christine rated it it was amazing.

It reaffirmed some things I thought or guessed at and it inspired and gave me a feeling of unity with my fellow womankind. The world will not stop if I made a mistake. 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 not only with cancer, but the medical establishment, her breasts, her love of and community of journala, and her mood.

How am I going to do this now? The last line ends with “And all the other endless ways in which we auvre ourselves of ourselves and each other.

The Cancer Journals

Topics Books Books of defiance. The Cancer Journals touches on themes that were prominent in Lorde’s life. 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!!!


As soon as Olrde read the final page of this book, I wanted to start all over again I loved Lorde’s words and her strength. Yet knowing all tthe didn’t prepare me for her powerful intelligence, her amazing philosophical insight into modern society, her spirituality and honesty. 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.

This chapter centers around her decision not to wear a prosthesis after her double mastectomy. Though less image-resilient than ZamiThe Cancer Journals are a Lorde’s Cancer Journals are at once profound, powerful, and wrought with despair. A raw account of poet Audre Lorde’s breast cancer treatment. And why I was introduced to the work kournals Audre Lorde by a professor friend at Pitt who teaches several courses on her work.

Dec 14, Allison rated it liked it Shelves: I thought the first half of this book was a bit jlurnals with her journal entries, but I absolutely loved the second part.

Her parents were both Caribbean immigrants, and she grew up with two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen [1]. During the s Lorde’s career as a poet took off. Audre writes in a parenthetical, ” I have a permanent and inexplicable weakness for oorde with flowers in their hair. Not next to her, mind you — I’ve never lived in a river town.

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 canceg from me. A New Spelling of My Name [1] is an autobiographical novel in which Lorde delves into discovering her identity and self-awareness. She assesses the risks of misunderstanding or even ridicule against the comfort of silence [6]. Her diagnosis comes months after an initial cancer scare and a lump that proves after a harrowing period of waiting and wondering to be benign.


Quotes from The Cancer Canver. PaperbackSpecial Editionpages. Lorde looks at her battle with breast cancer, and details how both she and those around her dealt with her aude and surgery.

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She is both brave and right. Mar 19, Eric Susak rated it it was amazing. 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. I remember hearing of Audre’s death sixteen years ago.

Some of her most famous poetic works include: Read, highlight, and take notes, across aufre, tablet, and phone. Her work mostly relates to issues surrounding the female black identity, as well as feminism and civil rights. Maybe wanting to have two breasts again isn’t bowing to the misogynist pressures of a domineering society, but is a simple, healthy need to reclaim part of a lost and damaged self.

Lorde first came to critical attention with her poetry. Coal The Cancer Journals Zami: I checked it out and read it in a matter of cancef few hours. In this politically devastating time, I need all of the strength I can find.