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A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received. Editions. Zami. Paperback Zami . This is Audre Lorde’s story. It is a rapturous, life-affirming tale of independence, love, work, strength. Complete summary of Audre Lorde’s Zami. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Zami.

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Mar 28, PhebeAnn rated it it was amazing. Race, class, sex, and sexuality come together in this book so seamlessly that it’s easy to forget what a feat this was in the s and still zamj today.

Coal The Cancer Journals Zami: Please read this book! If I could wrap myself in a book and hideout forever, I’d do so with this book. In any case, the punishment doesn’t make sense, revealing the divisiveness of white supremacy, the power it has to restrict and shrink love. Few writers have been so insightful when talking about themselves. Sometimes I found the descriptions of everything around her beautiful, sometimes tedious. Here my rereading of Zami diverged from my earlier readings: Andre writes of loving women inside all these other shells and spaces and non-spaces, all these stiflings and terrors and sufferings, all these joys and expansions into self and glory.

Such were the results of loneliness”aw, sad face, yes, yes “We were going to buy a turtle to keep her duck company”this image warmed my heart in a sad way “I dreamed of stepping on her face with an ice pick between my toes”abt her boss, YES AUDRE LORDE DO IT DO IT “I didn’t know how I was going to bring my personal and political visions together, but I knew it had to be possible lorxe I felt them both too strongly, and knew how much I needed them both to survive” “An old dream of us together forever in a landscape blinded me” zamu soon as a challenge was overcome, it ceased to be a challenge, becoming the expected and ordinary rather than something I had achieved with difficulty, and could, therefore, be justly proud of.

Such words lead towards a sweeter way of being. Audre Lorde and Robertson Davies are pretty much nothing at all alike, other than something lyrical and mythical and addicting in their voices. After reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely.


Jun 14, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves.

In Cuernavacashe meets a lot of independent women, mostly lesbians; she has a relationship with one of them, Eudora, and works in a library. I clearly stand alone in thinking this, and that’s fine, but parts of this book were torture for me to get through. All her experiences are tied to the women she meets and loves and it happens as soon as she breaks away from the family, from her mother, so we lose that part of her life until the very end when she ties it to her mother.

You can help by adding to it. From high school Audre moves on to life on her own, outside her mother’s reach but incorporating all her mother’s resourcefulness and determination. You all stand in a line, and the host asks you to step backwards if you’ve ever felt “We’re both going to make it because we’re both too tough and crazy not to!

Aug 11, Shanna Hullaby rated it it was amazing. Being a feminist bookseller and a huge Audre Lorde fan, I read Zami for the first time as soon as it came out in Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles to be expanded from June All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. Well, Audre Lorde is officially my current obsession, and I am going to determinedly work So, so good. Refresh and try again.

But I have always been an outsider in my own way, and I could relate to Lorde’s story even though we have very little in common. As Audre gets older, her world expands to show us what New York of the s looked like to a bright, observant black girl continually improvising ways to hold the black world and the girl world together in one body. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her. Then I picked up a second copy at my town library’s annual Being a feminist bookseller and a huge Audre Lorde fan, I read Zami for the first time as logde as it came out in They go into an ice cream parlour and they are not served because they are black.

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Gennie knows what Porde and the reader do not, and Audre’s efforts to make it better come to nothing.

Despite the rampant racism of this era that Lorde encountered in her daily life, her mother attempted to shield her from it: Outsider, traveller, lover, activist and so much more than can’t even be fit into words, Audre Lorde lays out an intimate, lyrical account of the first half of her life, focusing on each theme she explores with the same candor and ardor, and putting out a valuable foundation for generations of women to follow.

Her clear love of life and humanity and her hope for the future shines through in her prose. And writing doesn’t get much better than this.

Her job involved reading crystals with an Lordee machine. Her thick, rich, textured detail brought time and place alive, and I was there in the room with her, from New York to Mexico, and back again. Especially in the latter half of the book, wherein Lorde invents different ways to say she loves a cavalcade of women who, by the end, I truly couldn’t tell apart.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

View all 11 comments. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Aug 28, Zanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: The lyricism that transforms sex into love. But ultimately it made me cry a little logde when she talks about how much she’s looked down upon for being black even past being lesbian it’s heartbreaking, even if sometimes it gets obscured by a litany of names I can’t connect and descriptions of scenes I can’t imagine.

She’s poor, black, female, lesbian, and a poet!