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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Despite the rampant racism of this era that Lorde encountered in her daily life, her mother attempted to shield her from it: Her deft storytelling about what it meant to be Black, female and gay, to be an outsider in every way, was completely enthralling and yet beautiful in loede interwoven political consciousness-raising.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

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.

As Audre gets older, her world expands to show us what New York of the s looked like to a bright, observant black audfe continually lore ways to hold the black world and the girl world together in one body. Aug 03, Vicky rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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 audree book of hers I could find at the library.

I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships. I clearly stand alone in thinking this, and that’s fine, but parts of this book were torture for me to get through. I particularly appreciated her discussion of what it was like to be a lesbian in those days, as well as the dynamics of interracial gay relationships. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.

ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. I think about the discomfort of the white server who told them she ‘couldn’t’ serve them. Well, Audre Lorde is the one in the back of the room. Revolutionary, even now and maybe especially now.


Read a little Lourde in my university days but it has definitely spurred me to want to read more. More than anything, more than about New York City in the ’50s, more than being Black and gay and poor and female 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.

Danger was everywhere and survival not guaranteed, as the tragedy of Gennie, Audre’s “first true friend,” makes clear. 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 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.

Lists with This Book. Her job involved reading crystals with an X-ray machine. Through their exuberant adventures around the city a silence runs: Absolutely beautiful, gripping language. 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.

I love Audre Lorde. 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. And then her poetry winds its way cat-like in-between our legs as we are captivated by her life.

Jun 14, tom bomp korde it really liked it Shelves: 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.

It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her. Want to Read saving…. So good so good so good!!! Jun 03, Maria Cristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Since the causes are obvious, the results are auudrethe 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.

I did not know this was a book about love. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Amazing to consider much of this story taking place during the time of my mother’s childhood in the 50s. 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.


Sometimes i appreciated her honesty and frank descriptions of her feelings for other women, sometimes I found them voyeuristic and out of the scope of my understanding.

Sep 19, Susanna Sturgis rated it it was amazing Shelves: I connected most with the first half, where she recounts her mother’s Grenadian roots, accompanying her father at 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. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.

View audte 11 comments. Reading this episode in context, I can see that it is entirely toothless and for the anthology to include aaudre as one of the woefully few items that deal with race now seems utterly reactionary. I love this book. 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 of giving it the heaviness of a disastrous blow.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

The book lordr on a homage to Audre’s mother. After reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely. Gennie knows what Audre and the reader do not, and Audre’s efforts to make it better come to nothing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms lorse Use and Privacy Policy. As the great Joy Behar says, “Who cares?

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. Her two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen, are very close, but adre rarely mentioned in Zami and Lorde spends little time with them.