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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Paperback)
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Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published. These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is. . . .
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.
About the Author
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) published nine volumes of poetry and five works of prose. She was a recipient of many distinguished honors and awards, including honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford Colleges, and was named New York State Poet (1991-1993).
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.