The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House From the self described black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet , these soaring, urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger are filled with darkness and lightPenguin Modern fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson essays radical and inspiring poems moving and disturbing stories surreal and fabulous taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York s underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space


About the Author: Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde is a revolutionary Black feminist Lorde s poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s in Langston Hughes 1962 New Negro Poets, USA in several foreign anthologies and in black literary magazines During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti war, and feminist movements Her first volume of poetry, The First Cities 1968 , was published by the Poet s Press and edited by Diane di Prima, a former classmate and friend from Hunter College High School Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone Her second volume, Cables to Rage 1970 , which was mainly written during her tenure at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, addressed themes of love, betrayal, childbirth and the complexities of raising children It is particularly noteworthy for the poem Martha , in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality W e shall love each other here if ever at all Later books continued her political aims in lesbian and gay rights, and feminism In 1980, together with Barbara Smith and Cherr e Moraga, she co founded Kitchen Table Women of Color Press, the first U.S publisher for women of colour Lorde was State Poet of New York from 1991 to 1992.Read More



10 thoughts on “The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

  1. says:

    You can tell from the title this is going to be a good one It s made up of different essays though, so let me talk about them individually.Poetry is Not A Luxury I d read this one before I would clarify that it isn t the beginning and end all of all poetry, but it does describe one of the ways in which I


  2. says:

    Revolution is not a one time event It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responsesIt s a short collection of 5 excellent essays.


  3. says:

    I can t recommend Audre Lorde strongly enough So glad she has been included in this collection because she should be muchwell known than she is


  4. says:

    I agreed to take part in a New York University Institute for the Humanities conference a year ago, with the understanding that I would be commenting upon papers dealing with the role of difference within the lives of American women difference of race, sexuality, class, and age The absence of these considerations weakens any


  5. says:

    I adore Audre Lorde, and this small collection reminds me why Although this initially took me a little bit longer to get into, since I have not read theory in well over a year, parts of this came back to me whilst dense at times and loaded with some heavy, theoretical ideas, Lorde s writing drew me in and I found myself nodding alo


  6. says:

    If I participate, knowingly or otherwise, in my sister s oppression and she calls me on it, to answer her anger with my own only blankets the substance of our exchange with reaction It wastes energy What woman here is so enamoured of her own oppression that she cannot see her heel print upon another woman s face I haven t read enough inte


  7. says:

    This collection of soaring, urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger was my first taste of Audre Lorde s writing The majority of the essays collected here were first given as conference papers between 1978 and 1982 The Master s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master s House includes the titular work, as well as Poetry is Not a Luxury


  8. says:

    3.5 stars Finally read some Audre Lorde Not sure if this is the best way to be introduced to her works, though The Master s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master s House and Uses of Anger Women Responding to Racism were especially remarkable and a timely read.


  9. says:

    Interesting short collection of essays that makes a very good introduction to the style and ideas of Lorde I will be searchingof hers.


  10. says:

    Some short essays were better than others and interested me , which explains the 4 stars There were some very interesting ideas in here, especially on intersectionality I definitely want to try and readby Audre Lorde, even though I was already struggling with some of these essays.


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