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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I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet. 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.

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. You can help by adding to it. The family’s landlord hangs himself for lirde to rent his flat to Black people; later they take a trip to Washington D.

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 lord to eat whatever lords wants anywhere in Washington didn’t seem that important in the context of her struggle to survive.

I may have read some of her poetry back in college, but I am shocked Zami wasn’t assigned reading at the time. Aug 26, Mik rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sometimes i appreciated her honesty and frank descriptions of her feelings lorve other women, sometimes I found them voyeuristic and out of the scope of my understanding.


Her parents and other adults, especially her mother, discipline her harshly for insolence.

As Audre gets older, her world expands to show us what New York of the s looked like to a bright, observant black girl continually improvising ways to hold the black world and the girl world together in one body. Her pain, her love, her glory, her otherness all scream from the page.

Start acting like a human being! Paperbackpages. Meanwhile you can step forward if you’ve never had to worry about being insulted in public by strangers, etc. And lotde doesn’t get much better than this.

Aug 03, Vicky rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde “does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone.

May 22, Amelia Laing rated it it was amazing.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

The girl world of high school opens into the “gay-girl” world of s New York. Refresh and try again. Seriously, go and read it. The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships. They helped make the radical and lesbian feminism of the s and s possible. Through their exuberant adventures around the city a silence runs: Have you played the privilege game?

I love this book. I think about the discomfort of the white server who told them she ‘couldn’t’ serve them. Audre Lorde is the queen of healing and understanding, I feel so cleansed after reading this. Absolutely beautiful, gripping language.

Jan 26, musa b-n rated it it was amazing. Jun 14, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: The genius of this book is following Lorde as she learns how to love herself and others in a world that works very, very hard to make her feel ugly and unloved. Audre Lorde’s beatiful autobiography of her child- and early-adulthood.


Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

It started a new genre that the author calls biomythography, which combines history, biography, and myth. Nov 01, Vincent Scarpa rated it it was ok. These are not from this book, but I share them anyway: Lorde wrote about being an outsider.

I must add that these things are not aaudre. Lorde does not speak until age 4, when she declares that she wants to lords, and promptly follows through on this desire. It will make your heart sing.

The New York Times. Return to Book Page. 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.

It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. It’s about her, and her liferacegenderbodybrain. Read a little Lourde in my university days but it has definitely spurred me to want to read more.

Back in NYC, Audre explores the lesbian bar scene, moves in with lover Muriel, then another lesbian, Lynn, moves in with them and ends up leaving without warning and with their savings.