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Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power

  title={Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power},
  author={Audre Lorde},
A Lorde died in November, 1992. Audre Lorde was author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, recipient of national and international awards, and a founding member of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Her most recent poetry includes Undersongs: Chosen Poems Old and New Revised (1992) and Our Dead Behind Us (1986); in Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982) she writes her own bio-mythography, and her recent essays and speeches can be found in A Burst of Light (1988) and Sister… 

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    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1980
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