An edition of Zami ; Sister Outsider ; Undersong (1993)

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An edition of Zami ; Sister Outsider ; Undersong (1993)

Zami ; Sister outsider ; Undersong

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ZAMI: 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. In this classic autobiography, Audre Lorde combines elements of history, biography, and myth to tell her own story. A young black girl grows up in thirties Harlem, a teenager lives through Pearl Harbour, a young woman experiences McCarthyism in fifties Greenwich Village. In and out of this lyrical chronicle move the women – mothers, lovers, friends – who are zami: ‘Every woman I have ever loved has left her print upon on me, where I loved some invaluable piece of myself apart from me – so different that I had to stretch and grow in order to recognise her’.

SISTER OUTSIDER: Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published. These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is. . . .”

UNDERSONG: Hurricane-inspired and filled with love, pain and history, Audre Lorde's last book of passionate verse underscores why her strong voice will continue to reverberate into the decade and beyond. Undersong contains revised versions of most of the pieces from Chosen Poems, a 1982 collection, as well as nine new poems. This new book serves as a testament to Lorde's role as both a revolutionary spirit and an accomplished artist. ~ Undersong Review by Natasha H. Leland

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"This edition was created ... by arrangement with The Crossing Press and W.W. Norton & Company, Inc."--T.p. verso.

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Zami., Sister Outsider., Undersong.


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PS3562.O75 Z234 1993x

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256, 190, xv, 206 p. :
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