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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

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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

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