Lorde's words -- on race, cancer, intersectionality, parenthood, injustice -- burn with relevance 25 years after her death. -- O, The Oprah Magazine
Winner of the 1988 Before Columbus Foundation National Book Award, this path-breaking collection of essays is a clarion call to build communities that nurture our spirit. Lorde announces the need for a radical politics of intersectionality while struggling to maintain her own faith as she wages a battle against liver cancer. From reflections on her struggle with the disease to thoughts on lesbian sexuality and African-American identity in a straight white man's world, Lorde's voice remains enduringly relevant in today's political landscape.Those who practice and encourage social justice activism frequently quote her exhortation, Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. In addition to the journal entries of A Burst of Light: Living with Cancer, this edition includes an interview, Sadomasochism: Not About Condemnation, and three essays, I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities, Apartheid U.S.A., and Turning the Beat Around: Lesbian Parenting 1986, as well as a new Foreword by Sonia Sanchez.