Essays and Speeches
Publication Date: August 2007
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Reviews..".it's been almost a quarter of a century since Audre Lorde's essays and speeches in Sister Outsider made an indelible mark on 20th-century literature. But the words of the black lesbian feminist poet seem as lyrical and unforgettable, and, sadly, as relevant today as when she first tackled everything from racism and homophobia to ageism and class dichotomies. A must-have book that every lesbian should read." Curve Editor's Pick Lorde was a brilliant feminist poet and intellectual whose theories on the power of embracing our internal contradictions as well as the differences between people and groups is the way to powerful coalition building and social progress. New York Post, Sunday Poet and librarian Lorde collected 15 of her finest essays and speeches in this 1984 volume. With her poet's command of language, she addresses sexism, racism, black women, black lesbians, eroticism, and more. Still powerful. Library Journal, Starred Review Audre Lorde is a passionate sage. I say is' and not was' because her keen insights continue to provoke and sustain us and give us courage. The reissue of this book is a gift to longtime admirers and to new readers who have yet to discover the power and grace and splendid audacity of Audre Lorde. Valerie Miner, author of After Eden and professor of feminist studies at Stanford University Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware. New York Times.
Cheryl Clarke is a poet, essayist, scholar, and activist. Her most recent books are the critical study, After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers Press, 2005); The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (Carroll and Graf, 2006); and the poetry collection LIVING AS A LESBIAN (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2014). She lives with her partner in Jersey City, NJ and Hobart, NY.