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A Burst of Light

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Black freedom fighter's strength and signifying words. Essays. 1989 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award.
Paperback, 134 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Women's Press (CA) (first published April 1988)
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Aug 22, 2014 H added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I want to write down everything I know about being afraid, but I'd probably never have enough time to write anything else. Afraid is a country where they issue us passports at birth and hope we never seek citizenship in any other country. The face of afraid keeps changing constantly, and I can count on that change. I need to travel light and fast, and there's a lot of baggage I'm going to have to leave behind me. Jettison cargo. (55, 2/18/1984)

I am excited by these women, by their blossoming sen
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Daniel
Feb 05, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many quotable quotes in these essays.
Recently, I've been going out of my way to read books that are far from my norm. So reading a book from a lesbian feminist seemed like a good and random place to start.
Her essay on Apartheid USA is particularly haunting and quite poignant given current race relations in the USA. Not much has changed since 1988 when this was published and it hurts to realise that.
I found myself strongly nodding in approval on her views on Pan-Africanism and uni
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Jen
May 06, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book completely infuriating. Audre Lorde has no problem identifying herself with the plight of "colored women everywhere" from Africa to Australia, but then calls someone a racist when he assumes that she is an aborigine while on a bus in Australia. She writes about her identification with the plight of oppressed and isolated women everywhere from the beaches of St Croix, from her private hospital in Switzerland, from conferences to which she was invited in France and Germany. Then, ...more
Ms. Iris
Sep 15, 2008 Ms. Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this by accident. I've always like Audre Lorde and enjoyed some of her writings about women. I'm not sure what I learned from this book exactly but I know it made me view life differently because it chronciles her battle with cancer and her life with her partner. She seemed almost fearless through her writing, yet very afraid (not of dying) but of not having finished her work as a feminist. It made me think a great deal about my purpose in life, who I am as a woman of color and who I will ...more
Michaela
I love Audre Lorde's autobiography and poetry, largely because of how evocative her writing is. I just didn't find this collection of essays and writings as compelling, though it does give insight into her final years and activist work for those interested in her life.
Anita
Dec 17, 2014 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I needed to read these essays.
Shannon Wyss
Oct 07, 2011 Shannon Wyss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of great essays. Most of the book is a powerful series of excerpts from Lorde's journal around the time she was diagnosed with terminal, metastatic breast cancer. Writing as an openly lesbian, feminist, African American woman in a relationship with a white partner, Lorde's voice is powerful and critically important.
Cherie
A- Wonderful essays by Audre Lorde. The last section is journal essays where she is dealing with her liver cancer, so that was especially difficult for me to read right now, but she has such a fresh, wonderful prose.
Alex
Dec 29, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although i find the interview about S/M problematic - albeit particular to moment in history - the rest of the book is amazing. therapeutic for me and beautiful political writings.
Ace
Jun 02, 2014 Ace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mama Lorde is timeless. These themes are still trending and could use some updating, but overall she forces you to open yourself to new possibility.
Theresa
Jul 04, 2007 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people dancing with cancer, poetry lovers, audre lorde fans
Audre Lorde wrote damn good poetry.
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Lorde's poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s — in Langston Hughes' 1962 New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines. During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. Her first volume of poetry, The First Cities (1968), was published by the Poet's Press and edited by Diane di Prima, a former cla ...more
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