Full text of “Audre LORDE Zami A New Spelling Of My Name. ZAMI SISTER OUTSIDER UNDERSONG AU DR H LORDE ZAMI SISTER OUTSIDER UNDERS . This is Audre Lorde’s story. It is a rapturous, life-affirming tale of independence, love, work, strength, sexuality and change, rich with poetry and. Complete summary of Audre Lorde’s Zami. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Zami.

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Audre Lorde is audrr queen aure healing and understanding, I feel so cleansed after reading this. Such were the results of loneliness” llrde, 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 LORDE DO IT DO IT “I didn’t know how I was going to bring my zxmi 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 a challenge, becoming the expected and ordinary rather than something I had achieved with difficulty, and could, therefore, be justly proud of.

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And yet this book spoke to I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet. After graduation, she leaves home and shares a flat with friends of Jean’s one of The Brandedceasing contact with her parents and two sisters. I would read this over and over again, bathe in these words and the honesty and the reality of this.

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.


Race, class, sex, and sexuality come together in this book so seamlessly that it’s easy to forget what a feat this was in the s and still is today. Her thick, rich, textured detail brought time and place alive, and I was there in the room with her, from New York to Mexico, and back again. Her parents and other adults, especially her mother, discipline her harshly for insolence. Lorde wrote about being an outsider. Robin Miles does a fantastic job of narrating here as alwaysand I also really appreciated the interview between Jim Atlas and Elizabeth Alexander at the end about the book and about Lorde’s place in American literature.

Loving women, unfolding into all 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.

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 friend, her first period, and her abortion. But ultimately it made me cry a little and when she talks about how much she’s zamk 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 logde everything around her beautiful, sometimes tedious.

I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves.

Select parts I marked and underlined: But Lorde’s prose is fluid and enjoyable to read, she paints auere of presumabl Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak.

I’d say this is certainly worth a read if you’re into studies of intersecting identities black, feminist, lesbian, etc. It is particularly noteworthy for the llrde “Martha”, in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality: After some unhappy times at Hunter Collegeshe moves to Stamford, Connecticutto find work in a factory, where the working conditions prove atrocious.

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.

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Following her father’s death, she returns to NYC and starts xudre relationship with Bea, whose heart she ends up breaking when she decides to move to Mexico to get away from McCarthyism.


As Audre gets older, her world expands to show us what New York of the s looked like to a bright, observant black girl audrr improvising ways to hold the black world and the girl world together in one body. 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. 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.

The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships. It’s sort of like how as you get to know people and share stories, sometimes stories repeat themselves because that’s just how it happens.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

They helped make the radical and lesbian feminism of the s and s possible. I need to read more books written by women like Audre Lorde. They go into an ice cream parlour and they are not served because they are black. Her job zaim reading crystals with an X-ray machine.

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This book was emotional and infuriating. And she had to grow up in the 40s and 50s. 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.

Sep 19, Susanna Sturgis rated it it was amazing Shelves: She’s been prized for her “sensuality” in writing but this is no chicklit – her account of the lesbian bar scene in ‘s America will fascinate anyone interested in these forgotten pockets of culture.

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