Copper Canyon Press
May 04, 2021
5.5 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
June Jordan was born in Harlem in 1936 and was the author of ten books of poetry, seven collections of essays, two plays, a libretto, a novel, a memoir, five children's books, and June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint. As a professor at UC Berkeley, Jordan established Poetry for the People, a program to train student teachers to teach the power of poetry from a multicultural worldview. She was a regular columnist for The Progressive and her articles appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Ms., Essence, and The Nation. After her death from breast cancer in 2002, a school in the San Francisco School District was renamed in her honor.
"With the publication of her collected poems, one can survey the sheer scope of a woman who merged personal and political levels of expression with unyielding conviction."--San Francisco Chronicle "Jordan brings to life people, places, things, and books that nourished her mind and character."--Los Angeles Times "Though best known as a poet, she wore many other hats. All of her identities were rooted in a passion for social justice--accompanied by the belief that the powerless could eventually prevail... In the words of this volume's title, her activities were 'directed by desire'--in defense of truth and justice." --The Washington Post "Skeptical, angry, and sick of unexamined beliefs and hypocrisy, Jordan writes warrior poems: muscled, coiled, and unerringly accurate."-- Booklist "[Jordan's poems are] so immediate and vibrant in their effect that they seem to be happening right there on the page."-- Kenyon Review "The energy and seriousness of these poems are impressive and, like the essays, they are the work of a writer of integrity and will."--The New York Times "She has comforted, explained, described, wrestled with, taught and made us laugh out loud before we wept... I am talking about a span of forty years of tireless activism coupled with and fueled by flawless art."--Toni Morrison