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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After some unhappy times at Hunter Collegeshe moves to Stamford, Connecticutto find work in a factory, where the working conditions prove atrocious. 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.

Her voice is strong throughout, and her stories are full of rich, charming details. View all 10 comments.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

I loved her descriptions of Catholic school, for example. 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. 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.

The language is beautiful and the exploration of her identity as black, female and lesbian is fascinating. Jan 31, Sean A. I wrote down multiple pages of quotes especially from the last 50 pages. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish.

I particularly appreciated her discussion of what it was like to be a lesbian in those days, as well as the dynamics of interracial gay relationships.

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.


But Lorde’s prose is fluid and enjoyable to read, she paints portraits of presumabl Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak. And if Audre Lorde doesn’t fit along those lines, I don’t know who else could.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

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.

Danger was everywhere and survival not guaranteed, as the tragedy of Gennie, Audre’s “first true friend,” makes clear. I must zqmi that these things are not separable. This reads like a wonderful novel, engaging, enthralling, and compelling. It’s not so much that this “biomythography” punches, but it builds the heat up in your body as you read, which gives you the kind of energy necessary to do something because you could die your death on Calvary, but you ain’t gonna die no more!

Languages Italiano Edit links. I cannot in any kind of fait I did not know this was a book about love. She suffered discrimination and heartbreak, yet she approaches everything that happened to her, good or bad, with openess, seeing zaml as a lesson that helped her move further on her journey instead of giving it the heaviness of a disastrous blow.

Andre writes of loving women inside all these other shells and spaces and non-spaces, all these stiflings and lore and sufferings, all these joys and expansions into self and glory.

Or if you have ever been denied education because of your skin color, etc. Well, Audre Lorde is the one in the back of the room. Visual Politics when Audre recalls stains on her pillow from nose bleeds being ‘at least a sign of something living’.

It started a aidre genre that the author calls biomythography, which combines history, biography, and myth. I would read this over and over again, bathe in these words and the honesty and the reality of this. Sturdy little Audre, the third daughter of Grenadian immigrants in New York, was the puzzle and despair of Linda, her strong, no-nonsense mother.

After graduation, she leaves ,orde and shares a flat with friends of Jean’s one of The Brandedceasing contact with her parents and two sisters. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. 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.


Aug 25, Stephanie Spines rated it it was amazing Shelves: And she had to grow up in the 40s and 50s. I had the James Baldwin quote: In the second half, she’s a teenager ajdre herself and grappling with her sexuality, she travels to Mexico, she has many failed relationships and she lordw stronger.

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. It’s about her, and her liferacegenderbodybrain.

Lorde wrote about being an outsider. I really wish I could teach this one day, but because I don’t live in some sort of fantasy utopia I have to recognize that no PTA would ever leave me unscathed for choosing a book that talks so candidly and so beautifully about homosexuality, abortions, and loving blackness.

Her two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen, are very close, but are rarely mentioned in Zami and Lorde spends little time with them. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you can’t change reality, change your perceptions of it.

I need to read more books written by women like Audre Lorde. Aug 28, Zanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Collection Of; Sex, fatal Flowers: Nov 01, Vincent Scarpa rated it it was ok. She’s poor, black, female, lesbian, and a poet!

Jul 29, Jimmy rated it really liked it Shelves: That’s what living was all about. Views Read Edit View history. The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Her complicated relationship with her mother was presented with such nuance and heart, and gave me all zqmi feelings.