A burst of light : essays

by Audre Lorde

Paper Book, 1988


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Ithaca, N.Y. : Firebrand Books, c1988.


Black freedom fighter's strength and signifying words. Essays. 1989 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award.

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These aren't really "essays" per se but rather diary entries from Lorde's last years, when she was dying of cancer. They aren't even essayistic; rather than make arguments or explore ideas they convey the textures of Lorde's daily life in the valley of the shadow, and assert again and again what matters to her--the relationships, the interconnections, the communities we build and move in; and how not only to keep repeating and reinforcing those connections but also from within them, and within your body and history and constructed social roles, still fighting for what's right. And, both in pursuing connection and in making her voice heard, doing so with an urgency, of course. In that sense her textures are quite different from mine at present, but once I get over envying her those connections (oh, poor baby! I also don't have cancer. Behooves me to not be a whiner here) it also reminds me that those are the things that give life meaning, at least, they're where my soul resonates too, and to pursue them, to keep on doing so. Good reminders here.… (more)


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134 p.; 22 cm


0932379400 / 9780932379405

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