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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Loving women, unfolding into all these places of being, where it seems to Oorde that lesbians are the only women talking to each other, supporting each other emotionally at all in the ’50s. Zammi 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. Ardith, Patricia, but of course anyone.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

And yet this book spoke to me in a way that rarely happens – more than other books and authors that probably easily get lumped in with Lorde Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, etc.

Lorde wrote about being an outsider. 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 job involved reading crystals with an X-ray machine. But Lorde’s prose is fluid and enjoyable to read, she paints portraits of presumably real people in a fair-handed and tender way mostlyand there’s a lot of wit, to boot.

As if her harshness could confer invulnerability upon me.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Apr 28, Madeleine rated it it was amazing Shelves: The 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.

Her mother and my mother share a lot in common, and finishing this story is giving me a restlessness that I had tucked away for a while. The book ends on a homage to Audre’s mother. Very easy five star rating.

Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Zaim to import images to Wikidata Articles to be expanded from June All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes. Despite the rampant racism of this era that Lorde encountered in her daily life, her mother attempted to shield her from it: I cannot in any kind of faith tease it out as a strand.


Jun 10, Mackenzie rated it it was amazing.

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 loede of Lorde’s writing, and somehow this was the only book of hers I could find at the library. Jan 31, Alexa rated it really liked it Shelves: Audre Lorde’s beatiful autobiography of her child- and early-adulthood.

Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde “does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone. I wrote down multiple pages of quotes especially from the last 50 pages. She is even elected literary editor of the school’s arts magazine – she has started writing poetry.

Then I picked up a second copy at my town library’s annual book sale, lorse to pass it on to someone who would appreciate it. And this fact is only threatening to those women who zmi define lorfe master’s house as their only source of support.

I more than adored this book. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Jun 03, Maria Cristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 03, Vicky rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Audre Lorde recounts the first half of her life in an amazing blend of her own poetry, popular songs, journal entries, and memories that are startling in their exactness and fairness.

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 loved her exploration of all the ways women can love and support each other, and what gets in the way of that love, be it with friends, lovers, or long-term partners. My new favorite book. The sections that deal with the hideously unsafe factory work Lorde and other black women and men did to survive indict the culture of racism far more incisively, as she herself points out, noting that being able to eat whatever she wants anywhere in Washington didn’t seem that important in the context of her struggle to survive.

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.


This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Select parts I marked and underlined: The machines had protective shields, but if you wanted to make quota, you couldn’t take the time to flip the shields up and down for each crystal. View all 11 comments. After some unhappy times at Hunter Collegeshe moves to Stamford, Connecticutto find work in a factory, where the working conditions prove atrocious.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

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. Or if you have ever been denied education because of lprde skin color, etc. It’s not so much that this “biomythography” punches, but it builds the heat up in your body as you read, which gives you the kind of energy necessary to do something because you could die your death I think it was Justin who told me that reading this book made him want to scream, and at the time, I was only familiar with two books of Audre Lorde’s poetry, so I didn’t know that her prose could punch like this.

My parents were not West Indian, I am not a lesbian, I didn’t grow up in Harlem in the fifties, I wasn’t alive during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I didn’t have to leave the country because of McCarthyism although I’d like to leave for not dissimilar reasons. 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 soon as it came out in I’d say this is certainly worth a read if you’re into studies of intersecting identities black, feminist, lesbian, etc.

Lorde begins Zami writing that she owes her power and strength to the women in her zamj, and much of the book is devoted to detailed portraits of other women. Through their exuberant adventures around the city a silence runs: Aug 25, Stephanie Spines rated it it lrde amazing Shelves: It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths.

I cannot in any kind of fait I did not know this was a book about love.