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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name By Audre Lorde Zami A New Spelling of My Name ZAMI is a fast moving chronicle From the author s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late s the nature of Audre Lorde s work is cyclical It especially relates the link
  • Title: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
  • Author: Audre Lorde
  • ISBN: 9780895941220
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name By Audre Lorde ZAMI is a fast moving chronicle From the author s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde s work is cyclical It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization It keeps unfolding page after page Off Our Backs
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    1. Audre Lorde

      Audre Lorde is a revolutionary Black feminist Lorde s poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s in Langston Hughes 1962 New Negro Poets, USA in several foreign anthologies and in black literary magazines During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti war, and feminist movements Her first volume of poetry, The First Cities 1968 , was published by the Poet s Press and edited by Diane di Prima, a former classmate and friend from Hunter College High School 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 Her second volume, Cables to Rage 1970 , which was mainly written during her tenure at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, addressed themes of love, betrayal, childbirth and the complexities of raising children It is particularly noteworthy for the poem Martha , in which Lorde poetically confirms her homosexuality W e shall love each other here if ever at all Later books continued her political aims in lesbian and gay rights, and feminism In 1980, together with Barbara Smith and Cherr e Moraga, she co founded Kitchen Table Women of Color Press, the first U.S publisher for women of colour Lorde was State Poet of New York from 1991 to 1992.Read More

    769 thoughts on “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name”

    1. in college, in the late 80s and early 90s, i discovered that i had two aunts this is one and this is another aunt Audre intimidated me at first she was a stern, moody, melancholy woman who had lived a life of so many ups and downs but as i got to know her, her innate gentleness became clear this was a woman with so much empathy and understanding for the people around her this was a lady who had felt pain in her life and would be able to understand my pain as well she told me stories of that life [...]


    2. I did not know this was a book about love.More than anything, than about New York City in the 50s, than being Black and gay and poor and female in that uneasy time, than about the sensuality of food and the precise pleasures of style, 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 I must add that these things are not separable I cannot in any kind of faith tease it out as a [...]


    3. My new favorite book Lorde tells all the secrets I was too afraid to tell in language eloquent than my dreams.


    4. Audre Lorde s beatiful autobiography of her child and early adulthood She s been prized for her sensuality in writing but this is no chicklit her account of the lesbian bar scene in 1950 s America will fascinate anyone interested in these forgotten pockets of culture After reading it, what most amazed me about her was her unpretensiousness and her willingness to expose herself completely Few writers have been so insightful when talking about themselves.


    5. I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet I may have read some of her poetry back in college, but I am shocked Zami wasn t assigned reading at the time.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 leave the country because of McCarthyism although I d like to leave for not dissimilar reasons And yet this book spoke to me [...]


    6. My second time reading this, the first being many years ago as an undergrad, has reinforced my love for this book, and my love for Lorde herself, her prose, poetry and essays all of which you should go check out She is right about so much, and so much of what she says we desperately need to hear in these broken and divided times These are not from this book, but I share them anyway Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but [...]


    7. Very easy five star rating This is phenomenal The language is beautiful and the exploration of her identity as black, female and lesbian is fascinating Seriously, go and read it It will make your heart sing.


    8. I really wish I could teach this one day, but because I don t live in some sort of fantasy utopia I have to recognize that no PTA would ever leave me unscathed for choosing a book that talks so candidly and so beautifully about homosexuality, abortions, and loving blackness It s a shame because I know that as a high schooler I would have enjoyed Zami infinitely than the musty old fodder by dead white men I was assigned.


    9. 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 Whoa Absolutely beautiful, gripping language The lyricism that transforms sex into love The beauty of learning about yourself from the joy and pain of relationships I would read this over and over again, bathe in these words and the honesty and the reality of this This is also just a phenomenal cultural document, a portrait of queer life in the middle of this [...]


    10. I clearly stand alone in thinking this, and that s fine, but parts of this book were torture for me to get through Especially in the latter half of the book, wherein Lorde invents 1000 different ways to say she loves a cavalcade of women who, by the end, I truly couldn t tell apart 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 I don t think her perspective is as unique as she t [...]


    11. This reads like a wonderful novel, engaging, enthralling, and compelling I loved reading 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 its interwoven political consciousness raising Her pain, her love, her glory, her otherness all scream from the page And then her poetry winds its way cat like in between our legs as we are captivated by her life.


    12. If I could wrap myself in a book and hideout forever, I d do so with this book Mother Audre has the most gorgeous writing style.


    13. We re both going to make it because we re both too tough and crazy not to And we held each other and laughed and cried about what we had paid for that toughness, and how hard it was to explain to anyone who didn t already know it that soft and tough had to be one and the same for either to work at all, like our joy and the tears mingling on the one pillow beneath our heads.Have you played the privilege game You all stand in a line, and the host asks you to step backwards if you ve ever felt unsa [...]


    14. Audre Lorde recounts the first half of her life in an amazing blend of her own poetry, popular songs, journal entries, and memories that are startling in their exactness and fairness 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.S Her amazing sympathy for the women and men whom she loved and hurt was hurt by is a testament to her desire to create great networks and bridges between [...]


    15. Being a feminist bookseller and a huge Audre Lorde fan, I read Zami for the first time as soon as it came out in 1982 Though Lorde was a masterful poet, it was her prose particularly Zami and the essays collected in Sister Outsider that challenged me most and took up permanent residence in my head I reread her biomythography after Lorde died in 1992 but hadn t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves Then I picked up a second copy at my town library s annual book sale, [...]


    16. Sometimes I found the descriptions of everything around her beautiful, sometimes tedious 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.But ultimately it made me cry a little and when she talks about how much she s looked down upon for being black even past being lesbian it s heartbreaking, even if sometimes it gets obscured by a litany of names I can t connect and description [...]


    17. mother of all outstanding writing filled with love, nostalgia, eroticism, sensuality, poetry, beauty and so much .


    18. So good so good so good It s nice to relate to other gay people of color I love it I love this book I love Audre Lorde It s about her, and her liferacegenderbodybrain I m stunned I love this book.


    19. 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 Not that I was not expecting it, but maybe I was limiting in my image of her as a poet 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 [...]


    20. whoa this is the first book i read cover to cover in a single day in at least a year, enthralled makes me wanna scream 3


    21. Audre Lorde s Zami is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak A friend warned me that it was amazing until she leaves college in the book, and after that, it s a bit yawn tastic and circular I tend to agree with him, though I wouldn t call the second half of the book boring just less colorful, so to speak, which is funny because it s in the second half that all the love affairs and gay bars and shitty jobs arise But Lorde s prose is fluid and enjoyable to read, she paints portraits of presumably real [...]


    22. audre lorde is a helluva lady this is a passionate fiercely real and intelligent memoire, of yes, a black lesbian coming of age in the 40s and 50s in this memoir, or biomythography, as lorde refers to it, you get only the first 21 years of her life, but geez, what a 21 years it is.would be an interesting counterpoint to the beat version of 50s new york bohemia, especially since they so glorify the white male perspective only miff with this book is when she describes her girlfriend with schizophr [...]


    23. Biomythography is a perfect word for this amazing story Audre Lorde takes you on a beautiful, painful journey of love, lust, identity, and self discovery She forces us to question ideals of beauty and sexuality More importantly, she frames the book around the many women that framed her life each one splendidly complex and real After reading this book, I began to reflect on my own relationships and evaluate the people who have shaped me, wrongly, rightly, and everything in the grey A book that en [...]


    24. There are certain books you read where the mere mention of the name evokes a strong positive reaction from you It sort of takes you to another place This book does it for me Just an incredible piece of writing and storytelling with some of her excellent poetry added in as well Just a brilliant woman, extremely creative and this biomythography that she has created is just crazy good Well done, Audre well done


    25. This is a wonderful biomythography by one of my heroes, Curacao born lesbian poet, essayist, activist, and teacher Audre Lorde This book explores Lorde s childhood, her memories of her family and neighborhood, early education in New York, and her multidimensional connections to women It is beautifully and creatively written.


    26. Mystical, poetic, surreal Lorde encapsulates in this modern magical realist narrative a hauntingly beautiful image of black lesbian life in the late 20th century It is a classical work of queer literature post stonewall, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the history or sociology of queer people of color.



    27. So, so good Audre Lorde has quickly become one of those authors I want to read everything by This is a super weird comparison, but it reminds me of first discovering Robertson Davies, and then determinedly working through everything of his I could get my hands on Audre Lorde and Robertson Davies are pretty much nothing at all alike, other than something lyrical and mythical and addicting in their voices Well, Audre Lorde is officially my current obsession, and I am going to determinedly work thr [...]



    28. this was beautiful, you could feel the love audre felt for the women she writes about in the text, absolutely amazing book that paints quite a picture on 50 s lesbian culture.


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