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

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 lode 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 to 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 Nsme had achieved with difficulty, and could, therefore, be justly proud of.

She returns to New York after her father’s death. Anyway, this one spelliny the story of her early life, from her childhood born of Caribbean immigrants to her life in New York in the late s, through all the women who helped her become and realize who she was.

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.

But she came through and she’s managed to keep that “soft” part of herself intact, that vulnerability that makes it all worth it in the end.

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

Audre moves to Mexico after saving some money. Very easy five star rating. 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. Lorde does not speak until age 4, when she declares that she wants to read, and promptly follows through on this desire.


Seriously, go and read it. From high school Audre moves on to life on her own, outside speoling mother’s reach but incorporating all her mother’s resourcefulness and determination. 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 if.

So good so good so good!!! Start acting like a human being! She is a child of black parents from the West Indies. I think about the discomfort of the white server who told them she ‘couldn’t’ serve them. This book was emotional and infuriating.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

The family’s landlord hangs himself for having to rent his flat to Black people; later they take a trip to Washington D. Audre Lorde’s beatiful autobiography of her child- and early-adulthood.

View a FREE sample. Is she angry with the people who hurt her daughter or frustrated that she can’t control the world to protect her. She knew that you could be an individual but also to be made up of every person we have shared a piece of our history with, for better or worse. 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.

Audre’s life begins to look up but Muriel cheats on Audre and their relationship is destroyed. She suffered discrimination and heartbreak, yet she approaches everything that happened to her, good or bad, with openess, seeing it as a lesson that hel 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.

Loving women, unfolding into all these places of being, where it seems to Audre that lesbians are the only women talking to each other, supporting each other emotionally at all in the ’50s. View all 3 comments. View all 10 comments. I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet.

Aug 03, Vicky rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Chapters 4 – 6. But Lorde’s prose is fluid and enjoyable to read, she paints portraits of presumabl Audre Lorde’s “Zami” is a mixed bag of a book, so to speak. Sep 19, Susanna Sturgis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 28, Zanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


After recovering she meets her final lover in the book, Afrekete, who ultimately leaves her for a “gig” in Atlanta. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Well, Audre Lorde is the one in the back of the room.

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.

And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support. 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.

Jun 14, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves. View the Lesson Plans. Lorde first came to critical attention with her poetry.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

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 namee as soon as it came out in Through their exuberant adventures around the city a silence runs: 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.

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. I may have read some of her poetry back in college, but I am shocked Zami wasn’t spellinb reading at the time. Absolutely beautiful, gripping language.