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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Feb 20, Nathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: She is right about so much, and so much of what she says we desperately need to hear in these broken and divided times. Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak. This is also just a phenomenal cultural document, a portrait of queer life in the middle o 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.

I more than adored this book. Her parents and other adults, especially her mother, discipline her harshly for insolence. 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. 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. Read a little Lourde in my university days but it has definitely spurred me to want to read more.

Following her father’s death, she returns to NYC and starts a relationship with Bea, whose heart she ends up breaking when she decides to move to Mexico to get away from McCarthyism. A New Spelling of My Name. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Sturdy little Audre, the third daughter of Grenadian immigrants in New York, was the zmi and despair of Linda, her strong, no-nonsense mother. Her pain, her love, her glory, her otherness all scream from the page. 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. I connected most with the first half, where she recounts her mother’s Grenadian roots, accompanying her father at lunch, learning to read and write in a racist school surrounded by white kids, the loss of her best logde, her first period, and her abortion.


My second time reading this, the first being many years ago as an undergrad, has reinforced my love for this book, and my love for Lorde herself, her prose, poetry and essays all of which you should go check out. After reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely. Loving women, unfolding into lordw these places of being, where it seems to Audre that lesbians are the only women talking to each other, supporting each other emotionally at all in the ’50s.

In the second half, she’s a teenager finding herself and grappling with her sexuality, she travels to Mexico, she has many failed relationships and she becomes stronger.

Since the causes are obvious, the results are well-known”the note that Lorde left for her family “until she arced like a rainbow”damn “Often, just finding out another woman was gay was enough of a reason to attempt a relationship, to attempt some connection in the name of love without first regard to how ill-matched the two of you might really be.

The genius of this book is following Lorde as she learns how to love herself and others in a world that works very, very hard to make her feel ugly and unloved. To ask other readers questions about Zamiplease sign up. To read her experiences today probably doesn’t mean a lot to many readers because a lot has changed in the world since Lorde was young at least on paper – I argue things haven’t changed much at all except no one likes to talk about it openly.

Her voice is strong throughout, and her stories are full of rich, charming details. My new favorite book. This book was emotional and infuriating. Jun 14, Manika rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this book.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

I wrote down multiple pages of quotes especially from the last 50 pages. I loved her exploration of all the ways women can love and support each other, and what lordr in the way of that love, be it with friends, lovers, or long-term partners. Languages Lkrde Edit links. But she came through and she’s managed to keep that “soft” part of herself intact, that vulnerability that makes it all worth it in the end. I can appreciate the craft at work here, and that Lorde has a talent for language and is probably a great poet, but I just couldn’t find a way to care about her life.

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Loreepages. There’s no reason that it needs to be edited out – these are our lives, these are our stories, and they’re important, especially if you want to really know someone.

I had the James Baldwin quote: Aug 16, Nina rated it liked it Shelves: Lorde’s poetry was published very regularly during the s — in Langston Hughes’ New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines. Her clear love of life and humanity and her hope for the future shines through in her prose.

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Andre writes of lode 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. She becomes a woman. I tend to agree with him, though I wouldn’t call the second half of the book boring–just less colorful, so to speak, which is funny because it’s in the second lorce that all the love affairs and gay bars and shitty jobs arise.

Want to Read saving…. Everyone should read some Audre Lorde! In this biomythography, Audre pays a wonderful tribute to all the women that played a role in shaping her, beginning zamo ending tenderly with the image of her stern, but caring mother. A friend warned me that it was amazing until she leaves college in the book, and after that, it’s a bit yawn-tastic and circular.

But ultimately it made me cry a little and 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 descriptio Sometimes I found the descriptions of everything around her beautiful, sometimes tedious. Aami sequence in Zami that has remained most vivid in my mind since Audre Lorde’s death from cancer in November is the one where she’s a young woman working in a Connecticut electronics factory.

I cannot in any kind of ,orde I did not know this was a book about love. Return to Book Page. The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships.

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