Finding Cleo

Today I order films on Alice Walker, June Jordan, Audre Lorde.  Books on the Gay LA scene and lesbian feminists arrive in the mail. I read anthologies of the writings from Amazon Quarterly remembering how I lived for each quarterly to arrive in the mail back in the early '70's, devoured them. To know Cleo, to understand Cleo, I need to know what she embraced, what she rejected. To know Cleo I need to understand the world in which she grew up, the world she left, the world she lives in when we meet her in the novel.