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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So take that as you will! Lorde was State Poet of New York from to It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

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. Jun 21, mark monday rated it really liked it 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. Lorde tells all the secrets I was too afraid to tell in language more eloquent than my dreams.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. From high school Audre moves on to life on her own, outside her mother’s reach but incorporating all zamk mother’s lordee and determination.

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Return to Book Page. Through their exuberant adventures around the city a silence runs: Audre Lorde is the queen of healing and understanding, I feel so cleansed after reading this.

Dec 10, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: Her ability to recount her extreme loneliness and desire for companionship at being Black in gay scenes, gay in Black crowds and female and working class in the U. Such words lead towards a sweeter way of being. 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.

Her clear love of life and humanity and her hope for the future shines through in her prose. I love Audre Lorde. Audre Lorde has quickly become one of those authors I want to read lrde by. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her mother, or Gennie, or Muriel, or Afrikete, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the strength of this female, black, legally blind, natural-haired, lesbian poet in the face of a society in which none of lordf was accepted, or the way she speaks about sisterhood, or identity, or being an outsider.


As I said, the second half didn’t engage me quite as swiftly or powerfully, but that isn’t to say the second half sucked–it just didn’t grab me by the throat in the way the first did. I would read this over and over again, bathe in these words and the honesty and the reality of this.

Jun 03, Maria Cristina rated it really audrs it Shelves: Coal The Cancer Journals Zami: But she came through and she’s managed to keep that “soft” part of herself intact, that vulnerability that makes zaami all worth it in the end. Audre Lorde is a revolutionary Black feminist. And she had to grow up in the 40s and 50s.

This is also just a phenomenal cultural document, a portrait of queer life in the middle o I’ve always felt a real affinity for the poetry of Lorde’s writing, and somehow this was the only book of hers I could find at the library.

lordde From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Apr 28, Madeleine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her complicated relationship with her mother was presented with such nuance and heart, and gave me all the feelings.

This is a super weird comparison, but it reminds me of first discovering Robertson Daviesand then determinedly working through everything of his I could get my hands on.

Mar 28, PhebeAnn rated it it audree amazing. Despite the rampant racism of this era that Lorde encountered in her daily life, her mother attempted to shield her from it: Lorde’s poetry was published very regularly during the s — in Langston Hughes’ New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines. As Audre describes Linda’s dilemma: For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. She lived in a world dominated by racism, misogyny and homophobia while being a black lesbian.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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. 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 porde reactionary.


Her pain, her love, her glory, her otherness all scream from the page. She is even elected literary editor of the school’s arts magazine – she has started writing poetry. My second time reading this, the first being many years ago as an undergrad, has reinforced my love for this book, and my love for Lorde herself, her prose, poetry and essays all aaudre which you should go check out.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Such were the results of loneliness”aw, sad face, yes, yes “We were going to buy a turtle to keep her duck company”this image warmed my heart in a sad way “I dreamed of stepping on her face with an ice pick between my toes”abt her boss, YES AUDRE LORDE DO IT DO IT “I didn’t know how I was going to bring my personal and political visions together, but I knew it had to be possible because I felt them both too strongly, and knew how much I needed them both to survive” “An old dream of us together forever in a landscape blinded me” “As soon as a challenge was overcome, it ceased to be a challenge, becoming the expected and ordinary rather than aidre I had achieved with difficulty, and lkrde, therefore, be justly proud of.

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. Aami reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. She has llorde obvious affinity towards details and, even though that can turn slightly tedious at times, it’s fascinating nonethelss and unlocks a new horizon of symbols.