Summary: Originally published in 1980, Audre Lorde's The Cancer Journals offers a profoundly feminist analysis of her experience with breast cancer and a modified radical mastectomy. Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Lorde fuses the personal and political and refuses the silencing and invisibility that she experienced both as a woman facing her own death and as a woman coping with the loss of her breast.
After Lorde died of cancer in 1992, w ...show moreomen from all over the U.S. and beyond paid tribute to her in essays and poems. Aunt Lute's special hardcover edition of The Cancer Journals gathers together twelve such tributes as well as a series of six photographs taken of Lorde by photographer Jean Weisinger. Tributes by: Margaret E. Cronin, Linda Cue, Elliot, Ayofemi Folayan, Jewelle Gomez, Margaret Randall, Adrienne Rich, Kate Rushin, Elizabeth Sargent, Ann Allen Shockley, Barbara Smith, and Evelyn White. One of Audre's gifts to me was what she wrote and said about feelings, how essential it is to explore, acknowledge, and use not only emotions but intuition and spiritual insights to create art, a movement, a world fundamentally different from anything white/male constructs have been able to conceive. She knew that a politic that only addressed issues from the neck up, no matter how theoretically 'correct,' would never work to liberate women of color... ...show less