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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This book is fascinating and beautiful and powerful and inspiring.

The lyricism that transforms sex into love. In this biomythography, Audre pays a wonderful tribute to all the women that played a role in shaping her, beginning and ending tenderly with the image of her stern, but caring mother. This appreciation belongs to zai awareness of life’s precariousness and preciousness inculcated by tragedy, and the will to live beyond survival. Aug 16, Nina rated it liked it Shelves: The New Zani Times. Mother Audre has the most gorgeous writing style.

Audre Lorde is the queen of healing and understanding, I feel so cleansed after reading this. But she came through and she’s managed to keep that “soft” part of herself intact, that vulnerability that makes it all worth it in the end.

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At the same time, she also goes out with Peter, a white boy who jilts her on New Year’s Eve – she is pregnant and decides on an abortion. My second time reading this, the first being many years ago as an undergrad, has reinforced my love for this book, and my love for Lorde herself, her prose, poetry and essays all of which you should go check out. View all 10 comments. Lorde was State Poet of New York from to It’s nice to relate to other gay people of color. I cannot in any kind of faith tease it out as a strand.

Finally, Audre lirde a relationship with a mother named Afrekete, who decides to leave to tend to her child. 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 items that deal with race now seems utterly reactionary.


Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Azmi article needs additional citations for verification. She is right about so much, and so much of what she says we desperately need to hear in these broken and divided times. The girl world of high school opens into the “gay-girl” world of s New York.

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. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her mother, or Gennie, or Muriel, or Afrikete, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the strength of zaml female, black, legally blind, lode, lesbian poet in za,i face of a society in which none of that was accepted, or the way she speaks about sisterhood, or identity, or being an outsider.

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. Paperbackpages. View all 4 comments. It’s about her, and her liferacegenderbodybrain. Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization.

Dec 23, El rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. This section needs expansion.

The book ends on a homage to Audre’s mother. 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.

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It’s the loveliest book, honestly, it’s so erotic, so beautiful, so warming and tender. In one zai, 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.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

And Audre eventually developed the cancer that killed her at Jan 26, musa b-n rated it it was amazing. Gennie knows what Audre and the reader do not, and Audre’s efforts to make it better come to nothing. Jan 31, Sean A. Toxic materials are everywhere. Lrde 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I did not know this was a book about love. Her pain, her love, her glory, her otherness all scream from the page. I love this book. As if her harshness could confer invulnerability upon me. Audre Lorde’s beatiful autobiography of her child- and early-adulthood. And then her poetry winds its way cat-like in-between our legs as we are captivated by her life.

From high school Audre moves on to life on her own, outside her mother’s reach but incorporating all her mother’s resourcefulness and determination. Views Read Edit View history. Sometimes I found the descriptions of everything around her beautiful, sometimes tedious.

But ultimately it made me cry a little and when she talks about how much she’s looked 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 descriptions of scenes I can’t imagine.

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