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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Despite the rampant racism of this era that Lorde encountered in her daily life, her mother attempted to shield her from it: 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.

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. Nov 01, Vincent Scarpa rated it it was ok. ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle.

Anyway, this one is the story of her early life, from her childhood born of Caribbean immigrants to her life in New York in the late lordr, through all the women who helped her become and realize who she was. There, she goes to university and works as a zai in a hospital. 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.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

I clearly stand alone in thinking this, and that’s fine, but parts of this book were torture for me to get through. Views Read Edit View history.

I felt that she was describing my own past emotions. I’ll never stop believing that there was; of course there zxmi. 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.


And if Audre Lorde doesn’t fit along those lines, I don’t know who else could. May 22, Amelia Laing rated auxre it was amazing.

But I have always been an outsider in my own way, and I could relate to Lorde’s story even though we have very little in common. Ardith, Patricia, but of course anyone. Revolutionary, even now and maybe especially now.

After reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely. It will make your heart sing. Paperbackpages. The girl world of high school opens into the “gay-girl” world of s New York. 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.

Mar 28, PhebeAnn rated it it was amazing. You all stand in a line, and the host asks you to step backwards if you’ve ever felt unsafe walking alone at night. Jun 21, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.

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. Audre Lorde takes you from her childhood at home up until who knows when, but the years pass by fast, and she seems to keep track of them by the relationships she develops with women.

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. Such words lead towards a sweeter way of being. I did not know this was a book about love. Sometimes i appreciated her honesty and frank descriptions of her feelings for other women, sometimes I found them voyeuristic and out of the scope of my understanding.

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. 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. The New York Times. Nov 24, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 3 comments.


In any case, the punishment doesn’t make sense, revealing the divisiveness of white supremacy, the power it has to restrict and shrink love. Jan 31, Sean A. I had the James Baldwin quote: Audre Lorde and Robertson Davies are pretty much nothing at all alike, other than something lyrical and mythical and addicting in their voices.

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. 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.

Jan 26, musa b-n rated it it was amazing. Feb 20, Nathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: From high school Lodde moves aude to life on her own, outside her mother’s reach but incorporating all her mother’s resourcefulness and determination. 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. I loved her descriptions of Catholic school, for example. After getting her first period at age 15, she makes friends with a small number of non-Black girls, called “The Branded” at Hunter College High School.

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