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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I did not know this was a book about love. Lorde is oorde blind from a very young age, isolating her even further from her surroundings and a family from which she does not receive much warmth or affection. She lived in a world dominated by racism, misogyny and homophobia while being a black lesbian. Amazing to consider much of this story taking place during the time of my mother’s childhood in the 50s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Here my rereading of Zami diverged from my earlier readings: In any case, the punishment doesn’t make sense, revealing the divisiveness of white supremacy, the power it has to restrict and shrink love. 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 would not get it” “her rain of furious blows” 65 “Get-the-france out of here and wipe up your face. She and her friends and lovers invent the zmai the feminist movement obsessed about decades later.

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.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

The sections that deal with the hideously unsafe factory work Lorde and zamii 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 zamk the context of her struggle to survive. I love Audre Lorde.


Jan 31, Alexa rated it really liked it Shelves: In one scene, Audre’s mother hits her for not understanding racism, even though she has done her utmost to prevent her from knowing and understanding it, has made the topic of race taboo. And Audre eventually developed the cancer that killed her at Since the causes are obvious, the results are well-known”the note that Lorde left for her lordw “until she arced like a rainbow”damn “Often, lore 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.

I think about the discomfort of the white server who told them she ‘couldn’t’ serve them. Coal The Cancer Journals Zami: I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves.

I felt that she was describing my own past emotions. Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde “does not lored a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone.

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She suffered discrimination and heartbreak, yet she approaches everything that happened to her, good or bad, with openess, seeing it as a lesson that hel Reading about strong, empowering women who manage to remain hopeful, loving, feisty and passionate despite what life throws at them is always an experience to be treasured.

This book is fascinating and beautiful and powerful and inspiring. I need to read more books written by women like Audre Lorde. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

These are not from this book, but I share them anyway: Open Preview See a Problem? Ahead of her time in so many ways – in her understanding of intersectionality, in her 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, her time in Mexico City, or her life in New York.

Is she angry with the people who hurt her daughter or frustrated that she can’t control the world to protect her. Views Read Edit View history. 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.


As Audre describes Linda’s dilemma: Have you played the privilege game? The girl world of high school opens into the “gay-girl” world of s New York. Return to Book Page. And then her poetry winds its way cat-like in-between our legs as we are captivated by her life.

It is particularly noteworthy for the poem “Martha”, in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality: I’m totally fascinated by the term Lorde coined, “biomythography” – I read here that she was quoted to have said biomythography “has the elements of biography and history of myth.

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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. Visual Politics when Audre recalls stains on her pillow from nose bleeds being ‘at least a sign of something living’. There, she goes to university and works as a secretary in a hospital. Audre Lorde and Robertson Davies are pretty much nothing at all alike, other than something lyrical and mythical and addicting in their voices. Toxic materials are everywhere.

So good so good so good!!! And she had to grow up in the 40s and 50s. This section needs expansion. Please read this book!

I may have read some of her poetry back in college, but I am shocked Zami wasn’t assigned reading at the time. Her voice is strong throughout, and her stories are full of rich, charming details.

Works by Audre Lorde. It is learning how to take zamii differences and make them strengths. View all 11 comments.