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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And I have to say, she at least pulled me a bit closer to her side–because her feminist non-fiction writings, while beautifully written, have tended to turn me off a bit on Lorde. It will make your heart sing.

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It’s about her, and her liferacegenderbodybrain. You all stand in a line, and the host asks you to step backwards if you’ve ever felt unsafe walking alone at night. 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. 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 I think it was Justin who told me that reading this book made him want to scream, and at the time, I was only familiar with two books of Audre Lorde’s poetry, so I didn’t know that her prose could punch like this.

Aug 28, Zanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 something I had achieved with difficulty, and could, therefore, be justly proud of.


Audre Lorde has quickly become one of those authors I want to read everything by. Revolutionary, even now and maybe especially now.

Dec 23, El rated it it was zai Shelves: Her voice is strong throughout, and her stories are full of rich, charming details. Lorde begins Zami writing that she owes her power and strength to the women in her life, and much of the book is devoted to detailed portraits of other women. I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves. And she had to grow up in the 40s and 50s.

At the same time, she also goes out with Peter, a white boy who jilts her on New Year’s Eve – she is pregnant and decides on an abortion.

I may have read some of her poetry back in college, but I am shocked Zami wasn’t assigned reading at the time. After some unhappy times at Hunter Collegeshe moves to Stamford, Connecticutto find work in a factory, where the working conditions prove atrocious.

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 zamii in the name of love without first regard to how lkrde the two of you might really be.

Languages Italiano Edit links. After reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely. This book was emotional and infuriating.

Very easy five star rating. She is even elected literary editor of the school’s arts magazine – she has started writing poetry. 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. 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.


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. In one scene, Audre’s mother hits her for not understanding racism, even though she has done her utmost to prevent her from knowing and understanding it, has made the topic of race taboo.

She’s poor, black, female, lesbian, and a poet!

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She becomes a woman. Well, Audre Lorde is officially my current obsession, and I am going to determinedly work So, so zaml. The lyricism that transforms sex into love. It’s nice to relate to other gay people of color. Her complicated relationship with her mother was presented with such sami and heart, and gave me all the feelings. These are not zaami this book, but I share them anyway: If you can’t change reality, change your perceptions of it.

The sequence in Zami that has remained most vivid in my mind since Audre Lorde’s death from cancer in November is the one where she’s a young woman working in a Connecticut electronics factory. Well, Audre Lorde is the one in the back of the room. Select parts I marked and underlined: They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.

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Start acting like a human being! I more than adored this book. But it called to me, as cherished books will, and I started rereading. Jan 31, Alexa rated it really liked it Shelves: 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! This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat