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Audre Lorde

We’re reading an excerpt from Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Though the work tells the story of her childhood in New York, her coming-of-age, and early lesbian relationships, Lorde calls the work a biomythography.  Why do you think Lorde invented this word to describe her story?

The excerpt we are reading describes her desire for a friend.  Why do you think Lorde focuses on this incident?

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