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June Jordan, Professor of African American Studies at U.C. Berkeley, was born in Harlem. Her eleven books of poetry include Kissing God Goodbye and Haruko/Love Poems. She was also the author of five children's books, a novel, three plays, a memoir, and five volumes of political essays, the most mostrar mais recent of which is Affirmative Acts. For more than ten years, she wrote a regular political column for The Progressive. She was the founder of Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley, where she received the Berkeley Citation for Distinguished Achievement. Among June Jordan's numerous honors were a Rockefeller grant, the PEN Center U.S.A. West Freedom to Write Award, and a Special United States Congressional Recognition for "outstanding contributions to literature, the civil rights movement, and in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community." June Jordan died in Berkeley, California on June 14, 2002 mostrar menos

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Obras por June Jordan

Soldier: A Poet's Childhood (2000) 107 exemplares
Civil Wars (1981) 95 exemplares
Affirmative Acts (1998) 69 exemplares
His Own Where (1971) 63 exemplares
On Call: Political Essays (1985) 59 exemplares
The Essential June Jordan (2021) 47 exemplares
Passion (1980) 41 exemplares

Associated Works

Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Contribuidor, algumas edições517 exemplares
Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (1992) — Contribuidor, algumas edições443 exemplares
The Black Poets (1983) — Contribuidor — 360 exemplares
Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (1983) — Contribuidor — 278 exemplares
Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (1995) — Contribuidor — 235 exemplares
Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (Stonewall Inn Editions) (1836) — Contribuidor — 180 exemplares
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuidor — 176 exemplares
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry (1656) — Artista da capa — 100 exemplares
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters (1991) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (2018) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers (1990) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Trouble the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry (1997) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Eyes Right! Challenging the Right-Wing Backlash (1995) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
A Way Out of No Way: Writing about Growing Up Black in America (1996) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Catch the Fire!!! (1998) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
For Neruda, For Chile: An International Anthology (1975) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
360: A Revolution of Black Poets (1998) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



I just finished reading this about 15 minutes ago and am once more in awe of June Jordan. This is a masterful, poetic, piece of prose. The language is so beautiful and powerful, the characters so richly drawn and real. Buddy is a brilliant observer of both the beauty and injustices in our world. His youthful perspective and energy compel him to reconfigure the world in small and big ways. He is a true hero and leader, transforming the lives of everyone around him by never accepting that things can't be different then they are and then proving that point by changing everything in his way.… (mais)
lschiff | 1 outra crítica | Sep 24, 2023 |
Sometimes the metaphors strike me; sometimes the imagery, but overall there is a lyricism here that's so inescapable. This collection spans a large span of time, but there were some particular highlights for me. It's always interesting to see poets respond to each other, and in this I loved Poem for Joy [Harjo]. What stays with me is the baseline of On a New Year's Eve, that helps inform thoughts of Annie Dillard's work; in my head at least. It's rare to me to see a collection of poetry that is so varied, but that builds to such a succinct point, such a lesson in that final line. I'm glad I got to read it.… (mais)
Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Variety of Paintings welcome - poetry strong, but uneven - wish for an updated version.
m.belljackson | Aug 15, 2022 |
June Jordan’s Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood certainly has the subject matter for an enthralling tale. The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Jordan (1936-2002) learned to love literature from her loving and abusive father. She grew up in New York at a time when her life experience covered some dramatic changes in the lives of African- and Caribbean Americans. The book was “A Best Book of 2000″ by both the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.

The details of her memories are those of a poet, and therefore rich and evocative. Her story is personal and specific, but also important as an addition to the voices of People of Color in this country.

But the book has no real sense of being a memoir. The very difficult work of memoir is forging all those bits of one’s life into a compelling narrative. Instead, Jordan catches them like butterflies in a net and lets them flit off each other from one fragment to the next. While I found her life fascinating, I had to struggle to keep the momentum because there was no urgency or tension or cohesion to the story. Maybe that is an overstatement. At least, there wasn’t enough of those elements to satisfy this reader.

I did learn from reading this book. It showed me just how much I want to create a thickly textured and urgent story in my own memoir.

The book would be a wonderful source of material for a biographer of Jordan–or for a literary critic who is writing about the poet. But for an engaging nonfiction read, I would choose a different book.
… (mais)
LuanneCastle | Mar 5, 2022 |



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