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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It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her. Jan 31, Sean A. She knew that you could be an individual but also to be made up of every person we have shared a piece of our history with, for better or worse. Views Read Edit View history. Jun 03, Maria Cristina rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 loree, noting that being able to eat whatever she wants anywhere in Washington didn’t seem that important in the lorfe of her struggle to survive.

Her complicated relationship with her mother was presented with such nuance and heart, and gave me all the feelings. View all 11 comments. I must add that these things are not separable.

Aug 11, Shanna Hullaby rated it it was amazing. Preview — Zami by Audre Lorde.

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. Robin Miles does a fantastic job of narrating here as alwaysand I also really sami the interview between Jim Atlas and Elizabeth Alexander at the end about the book and about Lorrde place in American literature.


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If I could wrap myself in a book and hideout forever, I’d do so with this book. As if her harshness could confer invulnerability upon me. These are not from this book, but I share them anyway: 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. Gennie knows what Audre and the reader do not, and Audre’s efforts to make it better come to nothing.

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. I can appreciate the craft at work here, and that Lorde has a talent for language and is probably a great poet, but I just couldn’t find a way to care about her life.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sturdy little Audre, the third daughter of Grenadian immigrants in New York, was the puzzle and despair of Linda, her strong, no-nonsense mother. Meanwhile you can step forward if you’ve never had to worry about being insulted in public by strangers, etc.

Select parts I marked and underlined: Jun 14, Manika rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Not that I was not expecting it, but maybe I was limiting in my image of her as a poet. I would read this over and over again, bathe in these words and the honesty and the reality of this.


While Lorde is telling the story from the vantage point of the 80s, the way she chose to live her life was definitely radical.

Dec 10, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: She suffered sami and heartbreak, yet she approaches everything that happened to her, good or bad, with openess, seeing it as a lesson that helped her move further on her journey instead of giving it the heaviness of a disastrous blow.

Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles to be expanded from June All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes. To read her experiences today probably doesn’t mean a lot to many readers because a lot has changed in the world since Lorde was young at least on paper – I argue things haven’t changed much at all except no one likes to talk about it openly.

Absolutely beautiful, gripping language. It’s the loveliest book, korde, it’s so erotic, so beautiful, so warming and tender. 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.

She becomes a woman.

Feb 12, Holly Dunn rated it it was amazing Shelves: She is right about so much, and so much of what she says we desperately need to hear in these broken and divided times. Retrieved from ” https: