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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 vis mere 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 vis mindre

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Værker af June Jordan

Soldier: A Poet's Childhood (2000) 108 eksemplarer
Civil Wars (1981) 93 eksemplarer
Affirmative Acts (1998) 68 eksemplarer
His Own Where (1971) 62 eksemplarer
On Call: Political Essays (1985) 57 eksemplarer
The Essential June Jordan (2021) 45 eksemplarer
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Editor & Contributor — 40 eksemplarer
Things That I Do in the Dark (1977) 39 eksemplarer
Passion (1980) 38 eksemplarer
Living Room (1985) 37 eksemplarer
Who look at me (1969) 26 eksemplarer
Fannie Lou Hamer (1972) 23 eksemplarer
Dry Victories (1972) 18 eksemplarer
Lyrical Campaigns: Selected Poems (1989) 15 eksemplarer
Kimako's Story (Sandpiper books) (1981) 15 eksemplarer
The voice of the children (1970) 11 eksemplarer
Some changes (Black poets series) (1971) 8 eksemplarer
New life: new room (1975) 6 eksemplarer
Haruko/love Poems (2023) 3 eksemplarer
"Life Studies" 1966-1976 (2017) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver511 eksemplarer
Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (1992) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver440 eksemplarer
The Black Poets (1983) — Bidragyder — 352 eksemplarer
Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (1983) — Bidragyder — 275 eksemplarer
Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (1995) — Bidragyder — 230 eksemplarer
Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (Stonewall Inn Editions) (1836) — Bidragyder — 179 eksemplarer
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Bidragyder — 169 eksemplarer
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Bidragyder — 122 eksemplarer
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Bidragyder — 111 eksemplarer
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Bidragyder — 105 eksemplarer
The 100 Best African American Poems (2010) — Bidragyder — 96 eksemplarer
Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters (1991) — Bidragyder — 87 eksemplarer
Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (2018) — Bidragyder — 84 eksemplarer
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers (1990) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
Eyes Right! Challenging the Right-Wing Backlash (1995) — Bidragyder — 47 eksemplarer
A Way Out of No Way: Writing about Growing Up Black in America (1996) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Catch the Fire!!! (1998) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
For Neruda, For Chile: An International Anthology (1975) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
360: A Revolution of Black Poets (1998) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer

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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.… (mere)
 
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lschiff | 1 anden anmeldelse | 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.… (mere)
 
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Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Variety of Paintings welcome - poetry strong, but uneven - wish for an updated version.
 
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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.
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