Bringing revolutionary queer women, women of color, and underrepresented voices to the forefront of literature since 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.

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Does sickness, with its attendant infirmity, its gloomy shadow over the intellectual, represent feminist defeat? May 22, Robin audrd it liked it Shelves: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

In the end, and after re-reading Lorde’s journey to help me find my own answers, I finally decided to skip the bullshit and live in my own skin, marked and scarred as it might be. It reaffirmed some things I thought or guessed at and jourrnals inspired and gave me a feeling of unity with my fellow womankind. 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.

Hell, for most of my life I’ve lived within 70 miles of that river.

The Cancer Journals

I wish I was alive for more of her life. I tried to explain all of this in my interview, ending with Lorde’s words that she was a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet. The struggle to resist being labeled into a medical stereotype e. Coal The Cancer Journals Zami: It is an examines the journey Lorde takes to integrate her experience with cancer into her identity [4]. Common terms and phrases accept Ace bandage Adrienne afraid American Cancer American Cancer Society anesthesia Audre Lorde Aunt Lute bandage become believe biopsy black lesbian feminist body breast prostheses breast reconstruction breast removed breast surgery CANCER JOURNALS carcinogenic chest cold concern Dahomey death decision despair dreams energy examine experience eyes face fear feel felt fight Frances give hospital Hunter College hurt inside knew Kwanza lambswool left breast less Li’l Sister living look loss malignant mastectomy means ment metic modified radical mastectomy mortality mourn never nurse one-breasted ourselves pajama top physical pain plastic surgeons possible post-mastectomy women psychic Reach For Zudre reality remember right breast scars shared silence into language silicone gel sleep sometimes speak strength survival therapies thing tion told transformation of silence tumor voice want to write wearing a prosthesis weeks Winnie Mandela wish woman words zymes.


I thought the first half of this book was a bit slow with her journal entries, but I absolutely loved the second part. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Get to Know Us. Reading this book makes me fear this disease less, and know that even if the worst happens, I, too, can be a warrior, feminist, woman, mother and poet. The interview for the job was terrible; three typical, bubbly camp counselor types asking the worst questions. Your journala will not protect you. It is much more a manifesto than a cancer journal and much of what she says any woman can take away from.

Although many of Lorde’s poems are about love, many are about anger, ausre anger about racism, sexism, and homophobia in America. Prosthesis’, Lorde describes her coming to terms with the czncer of and life after her mastectomy.

The Cancer Journals is a very personal account and documentation of Lorde’s battle with breast cancer. January Learn canecr and when to remove this template message. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It consists of three parts with pieces from journal entries and essays written between and [2].

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? If you have someone in your life facing breast cancer, buy them this book. And why I was introduced to the work of Audre Lorde by a professor friend at Pitt who teaches several courses on her work.

We have made great strides in cure. The message is clear: I remember hearing of Audre’s death sixteen years ago. Women of Color Press, the first U.

But my daughter said, ‘Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside of you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter and if you don’t speak it out one day i “And, of course, I am afraid – you can hear it in my voice – because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation and that always seems fraught with danger.


I loved Lorde’s words and her strength.

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

The Cancer Journals is a book of lord by Audre Lorde. I am using this as a piece for my master’s paper because lorde’s voice is actually one of few who in detail csncer of her exeprience not only with cancer, but the medical establishment, her breasts, her love of and community of women, and her mood. 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.

This is gorgeous, unsurprisingly. And it made me wonder a little bit if the immediate recourse to a fake breast isn’t part uournals the deep, inconsolable wound that she carries to this day. Lorde works to challenge the notion of femininity in cancer survivors. In this politically devastating time, I need all of the strength I can find. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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No one who has not lived the experience of looking in the mirror and seeing one breast can understand how difficult this decision has become for women. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I revisited her work cancdr this particular book when I was also diagnosed with breast cancer and was forced to face the painful decisions this diagnosis brings with it.

Something about her acncer smile and then that scary title, The Cancer Journals, seemed a contraction. Return to Book Page. Currently re-reading this because I needed a little more undauntable audre in my life right now.

It is particularly noteworthy for the poem “Martha”, in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality: Starting with an excerpt from her previous poetic work The Black UnicornLorde calls on the reader to abolish silence and speak out. I wish I could have mourned her.

She does do it, and her book radiates with logde, even four decades later. Would it be a life-saving experience or a rape of my body image?

I love reading such a powerful book from a feminist perspective.