Our Dead Behind Us


Audre Lorde (Author)


In this collection, Audre Lorde gives us poems that explore "differences as creative tensions, and the melding of past strength / pain with future hope / fear; the present being the vital catalyst, the motivating force—activism."

As Marilyn Hacker has written, "Black, lesbian, mother, cancer survivor, urban woman: none of Lorde's selves has ever silenced the others; the counterpoint among them is often the material of her strongest poems."

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 1994
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31238-6
  • 5.6 × 8.2 in / 88 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“In these poems Lorde reveals a new maturity through language denser and richer than she has used previously. The anger she expresses comes from an awareness of suffering—both current . . . and past . . . —but is balanced by a tenderness born of love.” — Library Journal

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