Silver Press, 2017. Paperback, 230 pages. New.
Audre Lorde (1934-92) described herself as “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”. Born in New York, she had her first poem published whilst still at school and her last, the year she died of cancer. Activist, poet and essayist, her extraordinary belief in the power of language – of speaking – to articulate selfhood, confront injustice and bring about change in the world remains as transformative today as was then, and no less urgent.
Your Silence will not Protect You is the definitive collection of Audre Lorde’s essential poetry, together with her speeches and essays, including ‘The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House’ and ‘Uses of Anger: Women responding to Racism’. With a preface by Renni Eddo-Lodge and an introduction by Sara Ahmed, this book highlights Lorde’s conviction for the importance of speaking up; of witnessing; of the political strength to gained from honesty and openness.