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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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As if her harshness could confer invulnerability upon me. Her complicated relationship with her mother was presented with such nuance and heart, and gave me all the feelings. Jan 31, Alexa rated it really liked it Shelves: Ahead of her time in so many ways – in her understanding of intersectionality, in lorrde sex positivity and play with non-manogamy, in her ideas of sisterhood and her lesbian identity, in her understanding of the ways that place shapes us whether her mother’s home of Grenada, lordde time in Mexico City, or her life in New York.

Lorde does not speak until age 4, when she declares that she wants to read, and promptly follows through on this desire. Danger was everywhere and survival not guaranteed, as the tragedy of Gennie, Audre’s “first true friend,” makes clear.

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And she had to grow up in the 40s and 50s. So the women didn’t. But Lorde’s prose is fluid and enjoyable to read, she paints portraits of presumabl Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak.

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Then I picked up a second copy at my town library’s annual book sale, thinking to pass it on to someone who would appreciate it. Aug 16, Nina rated it liked it Shelves: I’ll never stop believing that there was; of course there was. 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 Lordde 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 because 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” “As soon as a challenge was overcome, it ceased to be sami challenge, becoming lorse expected and ordinary rather than something I had achieved with difficulty, and could, therefore, be justly proud of.


Jun 03, Maria Cristina rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is fascinating and beautiful and powerful and inspiring. 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 zaml to her mother.

Open Preview See a Problem? She suffered discrimination and heartbreak, yet she approaches everything that happened to her, good or bad, with openess, seeing it as a lesson that helped her move further on her journey instead of giving it the heaviness of a disastrous blow.

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. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her mother, or Gennie, or Muriel, or Afrikete, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the strength of this female, black, legally blind, natural-haired, lesbian poet in the face of a society in which none of that was accepted, or the way she speaks about sisterhood, or identity, or being an outsider.

This manifestation of legal racism was soon to be swept away, thanks to pressure of black activism. Meanwhile you can step forward if you’ve never had to worry about being insulted in public by strangers, etc.

Collection Of; Sex, fatal Flowers: It’s about her, and her liferacegenderbodybrain. Though Lorde was a masterful poet, it was her prose — particularly Zami and the essays collected in Sister Outsider — that challenged me most and took up permanent residence in my head. I would read this over and over again, bathe in these words and the honesty and the reality of this. Her parents and other adults, especially her mother, discipline her harshly for insolence. Jan 26, musa b-n rated it it was amazing.

Well, Audre Lorde is officially my current obsession, and I am going to determinedly work So, so good. 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.


Lorde begins Zami writing that she owes her power and strength to the women in her life, and much of the book is devoted to detailed portraits of other women.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Refresh and try again. So vivid are the players and the imagery in this book that whole scenes came back to me as though I’d only been gone a year or so.

I’ve always felt a real affinity for the poetry of Lorde’s writing, and somehow this was the only book of hers I could find at the library.

Sometimes I found the descriptions of everything around her beautiful, sometimes tedious. 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. Well, Audre Lorde is the one in the back of the room. I cannot in any kind of fait I did not know this was a book about love. Reading this episode in context, I can see that it is entirely toothless and for the anthology to include it as one of the woefully few items that deal with race now seems utterly reactionary.

If you can’t change reality, change your perceptions of it. There’s a dreamy quality to Lorde’s writing, more than just poetry which is there because she was a poetsome repetition but in order to make a point. She lived in a world dominated by racism, misogyny and homophobia while being a black lesbian.

More than anything, more than about New York City in the ’50s, more than being Black and gay and poor and female in that uneasy time, more than about the sensuality of food and the precise pleasures of style, more than about hustle and poetry and Audre’s fraught relationship with her mother and the longing for an unknown home, for Granada and Carriacou, it is about loving women.