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’s a shame because I know that as a high schooler I would have enjoyed Zami infinitely more than the musty old fodder by dead white men I was assigned.

Seriously, go and read it. 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.

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.

She’s been prized for her “sensuality” in writing but this is no chicklit – her account of the lesbian bar scene in ‘s America will fascinate anyone interested in these forgotten pockets of culture.

Lorxe, class, sex, and sexuality come together in this book so seamlessly that it’s easy to forget what a feat this was in the lodde and still is today. She becomes a woman. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Aug 16, Nina rated it liked it Shelves: Everyone should read some Audre Lorde! But it called to me, as cherished books will, and I started rereading.

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I’ll never stop believing that there was; of course there was. Coal The Cancer Journals Zami: Audre Lorde and Robertson Davies are pretty much nothing at all alike, other than something lyrical and mythical and addicting in their voices.

Here my rereading of Zami diverged from my earlier readings: 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.


It keeps unfolding page after page.

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 logde giving it the heaviness of a disastrous blow. Amazing to consider much of this story taking place during the time of my mother’s childhood in the 50s.

She and her friends and lovers invent zzami sisterhood the feminist movement obsessed about decades later. Preview — Zami by Audre Lorde. I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet. After some unhappy times at Hunter Collegeshe moves to Stamford, Connecticutto find work in a factory, where the working conditions prove atrocious.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Gennie knows what Audre and the reader do not, and Audre’s efforts to make it better come to nothing. Finally, Audre begins a relationship with a mother named Zmi, who decides to leave to tend to her child. Jun 21, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: These are not from this book, but I share them anyway: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

But I have always been an outsider in my own way, and I could relate to Lorde’s story even though we have very little in common. I particularly appreciated her discussion of what it was like to zammi a lesbian in those days, as well as the dynamics of interracial gay relationships.

A friend warned me that it was amazing until she leaves college in the book, and after that, it’s a bit yawn-tastic and circular. 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. More than anything, more than about New York City in the ’50s, more than being Black and gay and poor and zaami in that uneasy time, more than about the sensuality of food and the precise pleasures of style, more than about hustle and poetry and Audre’s fraught relationship with her mother and the longing for an unknown home, for Granada and Carriacou, it is about loving women.


She suffered discrimination and heartbreak, yet she approaches everything that happened to her, good or bad, with openess, seeing it as a lesson that hel 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.

Views Read Edit View history. 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. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.

Well, Audre Lorde is officially my current obsession, and I am going to determinedly work So, so good. Then I picked up a second lrde at my town library’s annual Being a feminist bookseller and a huge Audre Lorde fan, I read Zami for the first time as soon as it came out in The machines had protective shields, but if you wanted to make quota, you couldn’t take the time to flip the shields up and down for each crystal. Lorde was State Poet of New York from to Lorde is legally lorve from a lodde young age, isolating her even further from her surroundings and a family from which she does not receive much warmth or affection.

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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. Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak. 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.

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.

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