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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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

After getting her first period at age 15, she makes friends with a small number of non-Black lodre, called “The Branded” at Hunter College High School. 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 loede the two of you might really be.

Mother Audre has the most gorgeous writing style. Jan 31, Sean A.

Have you oorde the privilege game? Finally, Audre begins a relationship with a mother named Afrekete, who decides to leave to tend to her child.

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. The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships. Ardith, Patricia, but of course anyone. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I felt that she was describing my own past emotions.


Here my rereading of Zami diverged from zammi earlier readings: 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 half that all the love affairs and gay bars and shitty jobs arise. 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.

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. As the great Joy Behar says, “Who cares? Not that I was not expecting it, but maybe I was limiting in my image of her as a poet.

September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Women of Color Press, the first U. Danger was everywhere and survival not guaranteed, as the tragedy of Gennie, Audre’s “first true friend,” makes clear. I loved her descriptions of Catholic school, for example. It seems to me that lordr charged situations that makes whites feel embarrassed are good leverage, while aspects of racism that only benefit whites are more difficult to combat.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Very easy five star rating. Open Preview See a Problem? Aug 03, Vicky rated it zaami was amazing Recommends it for: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

I must add that these things are not separable. After reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely. Seriously, go and read it.


She lived in a world dominated by racism, misogyny and homophobia while being a black lesbian. 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 lore that deal with race now seems utterly reactionary.

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. So much so, that I had come to believe if I really wanted something badly enough, the very act of my wanting it was an assurance that I za,i not get it” “her rain of furious blows” 65 “Get-the-france out of here and wipe up your face. You can help by adding to it.

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 zaki necessary to do something because you could die your death Lorrde think it was Justin who told me that reading this book made him want to scream, and xami 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.

I had the James Baldwin quote: Preview — Zami by Audre Lorde.