"Every woman I have ever loved has left her print upon me." -- Audre Lorde
In the autobiographical Zami, Lorde explores her childhood in Harlem and her coming of age in the 1950s and beyond. With tenderness and wit and language as beautiful as dreams, Lorde reveals her fascinating life with insights into her multifaceted identity: Black, woman, lesbian, poet. Her astute observations and uncompromising challenges to the ideals of beauty and sexuality are as relevant as ever. Lorde's poetry and essays have inspired many people, and it is easy to see why!
Zami: A Carriacou name for women who work together as friends and lovers
“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
“Among the elements that make the book so good are its personal honesty and lack of pretentiousness, characteristics that shine through the writing bespeaking the evolution of a strong and remarkable character.”—The New York Times
About the Author
A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, and was New York State’s Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of twelve books, including ZAMI and THE BLACK UNICORN. Lorde died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992.
“Filled with finely distilled reflection, as sage and resonant as ancient wisdom literature.”—Ms. magazine
“Her perfectly ripened prose moves along in seemingly effortless sentences that are vivid, charming, nostalgic, hilarious, rich, succulent, sensual . . . but always at the service of art.”—Women’s Review of Books