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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Her first poem was published in Seventeen magazine while she was in high school; it had been rejected by her high school newspaper because it was “too romantic” Lorde considered her “mature” poetry, which focuses on her lesbian relationships, to be romantic joournals.

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.

This was written fourteen years prior to her death, when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. I am reminded by how much I appreciate Audre’s voice and her vision and the importance of expressing physical, emotional and psychic pain. A primary focus of this section is Lorde’s recognition of her intense need to survive, to be a warrior rather than a victim, and her acknowledgment of the network of women whose love sustained her [7].

The Cancer Journals is a book of non-fiction by poet and activist Audre Lorde. Every time I get close to the Mississippi now, more often in memory than not, I long for whatever it is that, from deep within her, pulls deep within me. Audre Lorde is a revolutionary Black feminist.


Not only does she refuse to wear the prosthesis home from the hospital, she shirks it completely, refusing to be cowed even when a previously decent nurse accuses her of damaging the morale of other patients.

Books by Audre Lodre. She married in and divorced inafter having two children.

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

I won’t type the entire paragraph out, but the message is powerful. This book is an honest account by one of my hero’s about her battle with breast cancer and it features passages from her own journal.

Lists with This Book. Audre Lorde Journald 18, aurde November 17, [1] was a writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist. Highly recommended reading for every woman, every woman of color, and especially those suffering with illness and disability.

I sank to the floor and sobbed, the only time I have ever mournals that way to the death of someone I had never met. It is particularly noteworthy for the poem “Martha”, in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality: Audre Lorde has been, and is, one of these women, flowin through my life a mile wide and a continent long.

The Cancer Journals

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. Again, I am so interested in the various permutations of enforced silences, how clearly she articulates these silences. And I would recite a poem and somewhere in that poem would be a line or a feeling I would be sharing.


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?

It reaffirmed some things I thought or guessed at and it inspired and gave me a feeling of unity with my fellow canncer.

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Then as now, it is other women who are selected to deliver the news regarding the requirements of conformity and compromise. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

By embracing her one breast, Lorde avoids denial and persists beyond the impending victimization sick women receive [9]. Quotes from The Cancer Journals. I emerged as neither a contradiction nor an oxymoron, but a vanguard, a model, for others less brave. In other words, I literally communicated through poetry. Growing up in Depression Era New York City, Lorde struggled to find her voice and turned to poetry and writing to express herself [1].

Although of lrde being incorrect is always the hardest, but even that is becoming less important. I just finished this book for the freshman seminar course as a teaching assistant.

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