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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Absolutely beautiful, gripping language. I connected lored with the first half, where she recounts her mother’s Grenadian roots, accompanying her father lored lunch, learning to read and write in a racist school surrounded by white kids, the loss of her best friend, her first period, and her abortion.
Jan 31, Sean A. I can appreciate the craft at work here, and that Lorde has a talent for language and is probably a great poet, but I just couldn’t find a way to care about her life. View all 11 comments.
Jun 03, Maria Cristina rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 10 comments. 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.
As the great Joy Behar says, “Who cares? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak. Being a feminist bookseller and a huge Audre Lorde fan, I read Zami for the first time as soon as it came out in It seems to me that racially charged situations that makes whites feel embarrassed are good leverage, while aspects of racism that only benefit whites are more difficult to combat.
So take that as you will! These are not from this lords, but I share them anyway: My new favorite book.
Lordf parents and other adults, especially her mother, discipline her harshly for insolence. 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.
Select parts I marked and underlined: Jun 14, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat View all 4 comments.
The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships. The sections that deal with the hideously unsafe factory work Lorde and other black women and men did to survive indict the culture of racism far more incisively, 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.
Seriously, go and read it. I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves.
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. And then her poetry winds its way cat-like in-between our legs as we are captivated by her life. This appreciation belongs to an awareness of life’s precariousness and preciousness inculcated by tragedy, and the will to live beyond survival. Audre Lorde’s beatiful autobiography of her child- and early-adulthood.
Well, Audre Lorde is officially my current obsession, and I am going to determinedly work So, so good. She and her friends and lovers invent the sisterhood the feminist movement obsessed about decades later.
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I did not know this was a book about love. Works by Audre Lorde. 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.
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. 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.
Audre Lorde and Robertson Davies are pretty much nothing at all alike, other than something lyrical and mythical and addicting in their voices. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Paperbackpages.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
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. Her two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen, are very close, but are rarely mentioned in Zami and Lorde spends little time with them.
It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her. It is particularly noteworthy for the poem “Martha”, in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality: 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 zwmi that her prose could punch like this. This article needs additional citations for verification.