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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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Lorde was State Poet of New York from to I may have read some of her poetry back in college, but I am shocked Zami wasn’t assigned reading at the time. Then I picked up a second copy 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 This book was emotional and infuriating. Audre Lorde is the queen of healing and understanding, I feel so cleansed after reading this.
The genius of this book is following Lorde as she learns how to love herself and others in a world that works very, very hard to make her feel ugly and unloved.
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. View all 4 comments.
Very easy five star rating. So much so, that I had come to believe if I really wanted something badly enough, the very act of my wanting it was an assurance that I would not get it” “her rain of furious blows” 65 “Get-the-france out of here and wipe up your face. Audre Lorde is that cool! Audge is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. Aug 16, Nina rated it liked it Shelves: I love this book.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
At the same time, she also goes out with Peter, a aurre boy who jilts her on New Year’s Eve – she audge pregnant and decides on an abortion. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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.
After some unhappy times at Hunter Collegeshe moves to Stamford, Connecticutto find work in a factory, where the working conditions prove atrocious. I did not know this was a book about love.
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 auxre only book of hers I could find at the library.
Feb 20, Nathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Aug 28, Zanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: In any case, the punishment doesn’t make sense, revealing the divisiveness of white supremacy, the power it has to restrict and shrink love.
The sections that deal with the hideously unsafe factory work Lorde and other black women and men did to survive indict the culture lorce racism far more aami, as she herself points out, noting that being able to eat whatever she wants anywhere in Washington didn’t seem that important in the context of her struggle to survive.
Sometimes i appreciated her honesty zmai frank descriptions of her feelings for other women, sometimes I found them voyeuristic and out of the scope of my understanding. This book is fascinating and beautiful ajdre powerful and inspiring. She has an 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.
It’s nice to relate to other gay people of color.
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. Visual Politics when Audre recalls stains on her pillow from nose bleeds being ‘at least a sign of something living’. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Aug 11, Shanna Hullaby rated it it was amazing. I think about the discomfort of the white server who told them she ‘couldn’t’ serve them. Retrieved from ” https: 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 of which you should go check out.
Jan 31, Sean A. View all 11 comments. I would read this over and over again, bathe in these words and the honesty and the reality of this.
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. You all stand in a line, and the host asks you to step backwards if you’ve ever felt unsafe walking alone at night.
I tend to agree with him, though I wouldn’t call the second half of the book boring–just less colorful, so to speak, which is funny because it’s in the second half that all the love affairs and gay bars and shitty jobs arise. 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. Feb 12, Holly Dunn rated it it was amazing Shelves: