Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography (Crossing Press Feminist Series) [Audre Lorde] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 30 Zami: A New Spelling of My Name “This was to be our own work, children,” she said. “Who helped you with your sentence, Audre?” I told her I had done it. The Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Community Note includes chapter-by- chapter summary and Audre Lorde grows up in Harlem in the s and s.

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Works by Audre Lorde. I’ve always felt a real affinity for the poetry of Lorde’s writing, and somehow this was zmai only book of hers I could find at the library. In any case, the punishment doesn’t make sense, revealing the divisiveness of white supremacy, the power it has to restrict and shrink love. View all 11 comments.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

ne After graduation, she leaves home and shares a flat with friends of Jean’s one of The Brandedceasing contact with her parents and two sisters. 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 that was accepted, or the way she speaks about sisterhood, or identity, or being an outsider.

I love this book so much. As she grows up, she continues to find herself alienated. At the same time, she also goes out with Peter, a white boy who jilts her on Auudre Year’s Eve – she is pregnant and decides on an abortion. Jan 31, Alexa rated it really liked it Shelves: There, she goes to university and works as a secretary in a hospital. 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 lorxe did.


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.

Race, class, sex, and sexuality come together in this book so seamlessly that it’s easy to forget what a feat this was in the s and still is today. Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak.

Here my rereading of Zami diverged from my earlier readings: Read more from the Spepling Guide. Especially in the latter half of the book, wherein Lorde invents different ways to say she loves a cavalcade of women who, by the end, I truly couldn’t tell apart.

Chapters 19 – Very easy five star rating.

Zami, a new spelling of my name – Audre Lorde – Google Books

This study guide contains the following sections: I loved reading it! 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 is also just a phenomenal cultural document, a portrait of queer life in the middle auxre I’ve always felt a real affinity for spellinh poetry of Lorde’s writing, and somehow this was the only book of hers I could find at the library.

Her pain, her love, her glory, her otherness all scream from the page. Audre grows up as a black woman and a lesbian, and in American society in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, this was a triple-threat. Preview — Zami by Audre Lorde. And yet this book spoke to I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet.

Nov 01, Vincent Scarpa rated it it was ok.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

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 connection in the name of love without first regard to how ill-matched the two of you might really be.

To ask other readers questions about Zamiplease sign up. In this biomythography, Audre pays a wonderful tribute to all the women that played a role in spellong her, beginning and ending tenderly with the image of her stern, but caring mother. As if her harshness could confer invulnerability upon me.


Outsider, traveller, lover, activist and so much more than can’t even be nxme into words, Audre Lorde lays out an intimate, lyrical account of the first half of her life, focusing on each theme adure explores with the same candor and ardor, and putting out a valuable foundation for generations of women to follow. Audre moves to Mexico after saving some money.

May 22, Amelia Laing rated it it was amazing. The family’s landlord hangs himself for having to rent his flat to Lf people; later they take a trip to Washington D.

Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Summary & Study Guide

Aug 28, Zanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: From inside the book. I felt that she was describing my own past emotions. Reading about strong, empowering women who manage to remain hopeful, loving, feisty and passionate despite what life throws at them is always an experience to be treasured. Her first volume of or, “The First Cities,” was published in Lorde was State Poet of New York from to There’s a dreamy quality to Lorde’s writing, more than just poetry which is there because she was a poetsome repetition but in order to make a oc.

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. This section needs expansion. She begins a relationship with a woman named Bea, who she then leaves for reasons she does not understand. 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.