“Sweet Home”: Audre Lorde's Zami and the legacies of American Writing

@article{Pearl2009SweetHA,
  title={“Sweet Home”: Audre Lorde's Zami and the legacies of American Writing},
  author={Monica B. Pearl},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  year={2009},
  volume={43},
  pages={297 - 317}
}
Although Audre Lorde calls the narrative of her life Zami: A New Spelling of My Name a “biomythography,” suggesting that the life of an African American lesbian cannot be told in any previously available generic forms of life-writing or self-expression, Zami actually derives from two extant American literary traditions – the African American slave narrative and the lesbian coming out story – rendering it, after all, not a marginal text, but rather a text that falls obviously and firmly in a… 
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Above the Wind: An Interview with Audre Lorde
LORDE: Being a poet here is a very different experience from being a poet on the mainland, but poets become part of any community out of which they operate, because poetry grows out of the poet