Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) described herself as 'Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet'. Born in New York, she had her first poem published while still at school and her last the year she died of cancer.
Her extraordinary belief in the power of language - of speaking - to foster selfhood, articulate injustice and bring about change in the world remains as transformative today as it was then, and no less urgent.
This edition brings together her essential poetry, speeches and essays, including ‘The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House’, in one volume for first time.
‘For the complexity of her vision, for her moral courage and the catalytic passion of her language, [Lorde] has already become, for many, an indispensable poet.’ Adrienne Rich
‘What I love about Audre Lorde is her political and emotional honesty, her passion for living life as herself, her understanding of what a privilege and joy this is. I love her patience, as she taught generations (by now) of women and men the sweet if dangerous fun of self-love.’ --Alice Walker
'[With] the constant demand Lorde makes in her work that silences be broken, that we claim our power to make ourselves visible, we have both a theory that conceptualizes our power to set ourselves and our words free, Lorde challenges us to not be trapped by fear.' --bell hooks
‘[Lorde’s] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.’ --New York Times
‘Listen to this rich and raging voice.’ --Adrienne Rich