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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 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


10 thoughts on “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

  1. says:

    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 and those stories were filled with poetry and passion she told me about growing up in harlem she told me what it felt like to be an outsider she told me about her own weaknesses, her own cruelties, and how she was able to move past them and to forgive them, to forgive herself by understanding herself she showed me how our lives are of our own creation, how our biography is our personal mythology is our own personal reality is our own personal way that we define ourselves in order to survive she celebrated and she mourned and she deepened my spirit i fucking love you, Audre Lorde such a guiding influence.


  2. says:

    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 strand Andre writes of loving women inside all these other shells and spaces and non spaces, all these stiflings and terrors and sufferings, all these joys and expansions into self and glory 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 She and her friends and lovers invent the sisterhood the feminist movement obsessed about decades later.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 Is she angry with the people who hurt her daughter or frustrated that she can t control the world to protect her In any case, the punishment doesn t make sense, revealing the divisiveness of white supremacy, the power it has to restrict and shrink love.In this anthology Cupcakes And Kalashnikovs I read a vignette from Zami in which Audre aged 12 and her sisters and parents go to Washington to celebrate graduations from grade and high school They go into an ice cream parlour and they are not served because they are black Reading this episode in context, I can see that it is entirely toothless and for the anthology to include it as one of the woefully few items that deal with race now seems utterly reactionary I think about the discomfort of the white server who told them she couldn t serve them This manifestation of legal racism was soon to be swept away, thanks to pressure of black activism It seems to me that racially charged situations that makes whites feel embarrassed are good leverage, while aspects of racism that only benefit whites are difficult to combat 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 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.There was an echo for me of bell hooks essay Blood Works in Art on My Mind Visual Politics when Audre recalls stains on her pillow from nose bleeds being at least a sign of something living This appreciation belongs to an awareness of life s precariousness and preciousness inculcated by tragedy, and the will to live beyond survival.It s the loveliest book, honestly, it s so erotic, so beautiful, so warming and tender Such words lead towards a sweeter way of being.


  3. says:

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


  4. says:

    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 in a way that rarely happens than other books and authors that probably easily get lumped in with Lorde Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, etcLorde wrote about being an outsider To read her experiences today probably doesn t mean a lot to many readers because a lot has changed in the world since Lorde was young at least on paper I argue things haven t changed much at all except no one likes to talk about it openly But I have always been an outsider in my own way, and I could relate to Lorde s story even though we have very little in common 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.There s a dreamy quality to Lorde s writing, than just poetry which is there because she was a poet , some repetition but in order to make a point It s sort of like how as you get to know people and share stories, sometimes stories repeat themselves because that s just how it happens There s no reason that it needs to be edited out these are our lives, these are our stories, and they re important, especially if you want to really know someone.I m totally fascinated by the term Lorde coined, biomythography I read here that she was quoted to have said biomythography has the elements of biography and history of myth In other words, it s fiction built from many sources This is one way of expanding our vision I could not love that statement .


  5. says:

    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.


  6. says:

    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.


  7. says:

    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 usually we must do battle where we are standing Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society s definition of acceptable women those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older know that survival is not an academic skill It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths For the master s tools will never dismantle the master s house They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master s house as their only source of support I am a bleak heroism of words that refuse to be buried alive with the liars I think it would not be hyperbolic to say that reading this linked piece by her at the age of about 19 completely changed me and my view of the world


  8. says:

    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. says:

    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 century and the way the structures mirrored the greater social structures of the time and don t they always Revolutionary, even now and maybe especially now.


  10. says:

    Audre Lorde s writing makes me feel seen She knew what it was like to argue with your mother, adjust to your body, learn your worth despite being around white people She knew how strange and awkward growing up was, to have dreams that didn t make sense to other people She knew how to build a community of queer and dramatic and loving and smart friends, she knew how to write about the younger versions of herself with love and care She knew what it meant to be Black, to be in between, but most importantly Audre knew what it felt like to love women, and to love them deeply She captured these feelings in one of the best books that I have ever read.