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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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. 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.

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Her mother and my mother share a llorde in common, and finishing azmi story is giving me a restlessness that I had tucked away for a while. You all stand in a line, and the host asks you to step backwards if you’ve ever felt “We’re both going to make it because we’re both too tough and crazy not to!

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. Works by Audre Lorde. The lyricism that transforms sex into love.

Books by Audre Lorde. She becomes a woman. And if Audre Lorde doesn’t fit along those lines, I don’t know who else could. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This appreciation belongs to an awareness of life’s precariousness and preciousness inculcated by tragedy, and the will to live beyond survival.

I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves. Aug 03, Vicky rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The beauty of learning about yourself from zaim joy and pain of lorce. View all 10 comments. It’s sort of like how as you get to know people and share stories, sometimes stories repeat themselves because that’s just how it happens.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Through their exuberant adventures around the city a silence runs: 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. ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle.

Dec 03, Alissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

This reads like a wonderful novel, engaging, enthralling, and compelling. Her two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen, are very close, but are rarely mentioned in Zami and Lorde spends little time with them.

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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. She suffered discrimination 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 lorre.

So good so good so good!!! And yet this book spoke to I went lofde this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet.

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. The family’s landlord hangs himself for having to rent his flat to Black people; later they take a trip to Washington D.

You all stand in a line, and the host asks you to step backwards if you’ve ever felt unsafe walking alone at night. 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!

Though Lorde was a masterful poet, it was her prose — particularly Zami and the essays collected in Sister Outsider — that challenged me most and took up permanent residence in my head. 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. Open Preview See a Problem? While Lorde is telling the story from the vantage point of the 80s, the way she chose to live her life was definitely radical.


During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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In this anthology Cupcakes And Kalashnikovs I read a vignette from Zami in which Audre aged 12 and her sisters and parents go to Washington to celebrate graduations from grade and high school.

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, korde 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.

Please read this book! I clearly stand alone in thinking this, and that’s fine, but parts of this book were torture for me to get through. I’d say this is certainly worth a read if you’re into studies of intersecting identities black, feminist, lesbian, etc.

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. Retrieved from ” https: I cannot in any kind of faith tease it out as a strand. Such words lead towards a sweeter way of being. Feb 12, Holly Dunn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite the rampant racism of this era that Lorde encountered in her daily life, her mother attempted to shield her from it: She is even elected literary editor of the school’s arts magazine – she has started writing poetry.

Jun 14, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: Start acting like a human being! Aug 26, Mik rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: