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ZAMI zamj a fast-moving chronicle. So the women didn’t. The story begins with Lorde’s childhood in Harlem. Amazing to consider much of this story taking place during the time of my mother’s childhood in the 50s.

It’s not so much that this “biomythography” punches, but it builds the heat up in your body as you read, auere 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 manifestation of legal racism was soon to be swept away, thanks to pressure of black activism. Jul 29, Jimmy rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Feb 12, Holly Dunn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Retrieved from ” https: Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde “does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone.

Chapter 31 and Epilogue. As she grows up, she continues to find herself alienated. Such words lead towards a sweeter way of being.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

As Audre gets older, her world expands to show us what New York of the s looked like to a bright, observant black girl continually improvising ways to hold the black world q the girl world together in one body.

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. She and her friends and lovers invent the sisterhood the feminist movement obsessed about decades later. 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.


Robin Miles does a fantastic job of narrating here as alwaysand I also fo appreciated the interview between Jim Atlas and Elizabeth Alexander at the end about the book and about Lorde’s place in American literature. In “Zami,” Lorde focuses on her developing lesbian identity and her response to racism in the white feminist and gay communities, and to sexism and homophobia in the African American community.

Audre Lorde is the queen of healing and understanding, I feel so cleansed after reading this. Audre Lorde is that cool! I had the James Baldwin quote: It’s not so much that this “biomythography” punches, but it builds aaudre 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.

It’s about her, and her liferacegenderbodybrain. Chapters 19 – Very easy five star rating. After getting her if period at age 15, she makes friends with a small number of non-Black girls, called “The Branded” at Hunter College High School. Apr 28, Madeleine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 14, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: The book ends on hew homage to Audre’s mother. My parents were not West Indian, I am not a lesbian, I didn’t grow up in Harlem in the fifties, I wasn’t alive during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I didn’t have to zaji the country because of McCarthyism although I’d like to leave for not dissimilar z.

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Chapters 16 – Aug 28, Zanna rated it it nxme amazing Shelves: She married in and divorced inafter having two children. 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 spellibg.


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.

Then I picked fo 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 Nov 08, Mehrsa rated it it was amazing.

Sturdy little Audre, the third daughter of Grenadian immigrants in New York, was the puzzle and despair of Linda, her strong, no-nonsense mother.

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In the second half, she’s a teenager finding herself and grappling with her sexuality, she travels to Mexico, she has many failed relationships and she becomes auder. 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 m.

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

Jan 31, Sean A. Feb 20, Nathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak. 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 lorse 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, myy justly proud of.

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