Directed by desire : the collected poems of June Jordan

by Jordan, June, 1936-2002.

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"Jordan . . . is among the bravest of us, the most outraged. She feels for all. She is the universal poet."--Alice Walker

"Always urgent, inspiring, and demanding, Jordan's work has left its indelible mark everywhere from Essence to The Norton Anthology of Poetry , and from theater stages to the floors of the United Nations and the United States Congress."-- BOMB

Directed by Desire is the definitive overview of the poetry of June Jordan, considered one of the most lyrically gifted poets of the late twentieth century. Directed by Desire gathers the finest work from Jordan's 10 volumes, as well as 70 new, never-before-published poems that she wrote while dying of breast cancer. Throughout over 600 pages readers will find intimate lyricism, elegance, fury, meditative solos, and dazzling vernacular riffs.

As Adrienne Rich writes in her introduction, June Jordan "wanted her readers, listeners, students, to feel their own latent power--of the word, the deed, of their own beauty and intrinsic value. . . . She believed, and nourished the belief, that genuine, up-from-the-bottom revolution must include art, laughter, sensual pleasure, and the widest possible human referentiality."

From These Poems

These poems
they are things that I do
in the dark
reaching for you
whoever you are
are you ready?

June Jordan taught at the University of California Berkeley for many years and founded Poetry for the People. Her 28 books include poetry, essays, fiction, and children's books. She was a regular columnist for The Progressive and a prolific writer whose articles appeared in The Village Voice , The New York Times , Ms. Magazine , and The Nation . Her numerous awards include a PEN West Freedom to Write Award and a lifetime achievement award from the National Black Writers Conference. After her death from breast cancer in 2002, a school in the San Francisco School District was renamed in her honor.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "June Jordan was a revolutionary poet and extraordinarily prolific writer right up to her death in 2002. This substantial collected volume is just a sampling of her poetry from 1969 to 2001, but it does present the warrior voice and vision of a writer dedicated to criticizing inequity of all kinds, and confidently revealing the path of her desires. With an apt foreword by sister poet Adrienne Rich, this collection is a must-read for those wanting to learn and be transformed by Jordan's opinions and impressions, not only on those causes close to her personal experience, but on injustices worldwide, from South Africa to Kosovo. Wherever people were silenced, cruelties concealed, or lies promoted, Jordan shouted out, exposing what needed to be seen. Her poems also consistently display a loving devotion to black English and pride in her femininity, race, and individuality. Directed by Desire is an important addition to African American or feminist poetry collections, but more importantly, it is a powerful addition to the entire canon of American poetry. --Janet St. John Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "As fierce in her activist life as in her passionate verse, Jordan (1936-2002) first rose to fame in the early '70s with declamatory poems and series inspired by African-American vernacular: "Who look at me?" her first series demanded; "I am black alive and looking back at you." A flexible metrical sense, and an undercurrent of humor, set her best work apart from her performance-oriented peers early on; Jordan later expanded her range with travel (in a series of poems about life in Rome), with persona poems and satire ("Directions for Carrying Explosive Nuclear Waste Through Metropolitan New York"; "The Beirut Jokebook") During the '80s, Jordan (Naming Our Destiny) often focused on international struggles, praising revolutionaries and peace activists in Cuba, Angola, Nicaragua and Israel/Palestine, and excoriating American militarism and racism. She later became a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, assembling an influential book on the teaching of poetry (June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint) and a widely noticed memoir, Soldier: A Poet's Childhood (2000). This ample collection concludes with 62 pages of "last poems": several concern the cancer that took Jordan's life, and one of the best sasses back at Eminem. Adrienne Rich's foreword praises this "most personal of political poets" for her verbal power and for her commitment to justice: her loyal following will certainly agree. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Publisher Port Townsend, Wash. :Copper Canyon Press,©2005.
Contributors Levi, Jan Heller.
Miles, Sara, 1952-
Language English
Notes Includes indexes.
Description xxix, 649 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 1556592280 (alk. paper)
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