CONDITIONS: FIVE: The Black Women's Issue. by Bethel, Lorraine and…

CONDITIONS: FIVE: The Black Women's Issue. by Bethel, Lorraine and Barbara Smith, editiors; Audre Lourde, Cheryl Clarke, Chirlane McCray and others, contributors. < >

CONDITIONS: FIVE: The Black Women's Issue.

Edition: First printing.

Brooklyn, New York: Conditions, 1979. First edition - A rather hard to find issue of this feminist magazine of writing by women with an emphasis on writing by lesbians. This issue focuses on poetry, journals, fiction and more by Black women writers and feminists - including Donna Allegra, Michelle Clinton, Pat Parker, Toi Derricote, Audre Lourde, Gloria T. Hull, Cheryl Clarke and others. Among the contributors is Chirlane McCray, now the wife of New York mayor Bill de Blasio and still an activist. She has stated that her poetry became an outlet for the anger she felt at the bullying and racism she encountered as the only Black student in high school. Her two page untitled poem both expresses her anger "evil pouting mammy bitch, / a nigger woman passed over" and her optimism "i can laugh about it / trade stories and write poems / about all those put-downs. . I'm through waiting for minds to change." Notes on contributors. 187 pp plus advertisements.

Condition: Very good in black wrappers (a gift card had been pasted inside front cover, discoloration from glue remains)

Book ID: 79979
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