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I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings

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Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century. Her writings and speeches grappled with an impressive broad list of topics, including sexuality, race, gender, class, disease, the arts, parenting, and resistance, and they have served as a transformative and important foundation for theorists and act ...more
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Published April 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Rowena
Jun 04, 2013 Rowena rated it really liked it
My introduction to Audre Lorde and I enjoyed her essays very much. I sensed a lot of compassion in her words, as well as her desire for understanding and her wish for collaboration and dialogue between people who may feel they have nothing to learn from each other due to their differences. The following quotes in particular touched me:

"We do not need to become each other in order to work together."

" I am constantly defining my selves, for I am, as we all are, made up of so many different parts."
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Review of I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lord
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I first met the poet and radical black feminist Audre Lorde in the 1970s at 2 a.m. My family tucked in, I was reading the lesbian magazine Azalea and found myself laughing and thrilled by her writing. Not long after, I met her in the flesh at a feminist bookstore where she was reading her poetry, o
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Leslie
Nov 09, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays-speeches
Could've read more of the selections, but with Lorde it always boils down to self-definition and ownership of one's voice if nothing else. I figured the collection would echo Hansberry's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," but it was more in line with the last publication of Baldwin's collected works and musings - much more official (though not as expansive). This is a work I will come back to because the insight is so rooted in truth and she voices our culture in a way no one else could or dared t ...more
Olivia
Jun 04, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
Other than a few of her poems and many of her quotes scattered around the blogosphere, this was my introduction to Lorde. I have been meaning to become better acquainted with her for some time, and this collection proved I was overdue. Lorde is poetic even in prose; she is passionate; she is brilliant. I loved her calls to action, and her refusal to backdown, even if (or perhaps especially if) it meant stirring a well-intentioned pot.

As much good as I have to say about Lorde, I'm suspicious I s
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Jonathan Norton
Dec 27, 2013 Jonathan Norton rated it really liked it
A collection of Lorde's writings on her experiences as a poet, a feminist, and a cancer patient. Being a black lesbian at a time when the movement was dominated by white heterosexuals (and what's changed since then?) a lot of her writing pertains to what would be called "intersectionality" now, though I don't think the term is used here. The book is a mixture of speeches, review articles, essays and journals. Her cancer diaries from the mid 80s cover her time at a Rudolf Steiner clinic in Switze ...more
Sasha Reinoso
May 06, 2014 Sasha Reinoso rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially POC
This is an excellent, at times very intimate, collection. Worth a read.
Camilla
Dec 19, 2014 Camilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I was absolutely enchanted by this woman's writing. holy shit. I started Reading the other day and has scarcely put it down since then. Probably should have started with something else of hers before this, however.

But what she wrote and thought and lived rang so true with me. This woman was magic.
Ana
Nov 09, 2013 Ana rated it it was amazing
Audre Lorde es sin duda una Diosa y de ahora en adelante la consideraré un espíritu guía en mi camino por la vida. Esta colección de escritos y discursos ha marcado mi vida para siempre. Me asombra la gran capacidad de hacer teoría y producir conocimiento a partir de la experiencia personal y colectiva. Este libro me tocó en diferentes niveles de mi experiencia vital: a un nivel personal, emocional, político, teórico y otros. A demás Audre Lorde escribe de forma maravillosa, es delicioso leerla, ...more
Rianna Jade
Jan 08, 2014 Rianna Jade rated it really liked it
I preferred Sister Outsider but the commentary on Audre by bell hooks and Alice Walker was worth the read.
Troy
Mar 06, 2012 Troy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply unparalleled. Her longer works, her bouts with both critical thought and a bit of travel writing...just, YES. Heartily recommend this.
Choua
Nov 26, 2009 Choua rated it it was amazing
A must read book with amazing essays about the thoughts and experiences that shaped Lorde's politics.
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Jun 06, 2013 Camilla Lyons rated it it was amazing
Wow is all I can say.. It makes me think about black women and the struggle..
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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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“It is not the destiny of Black america to repeat white america's mistakes. But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life.” 6 likes
“What happens when you narrow your definition to what is convenient, or what is fashionable, or what is expected, is dishonesty by silence.” 4 likes
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