Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan

Directed by Desire The Collected Poems of June Jordan Directed by Desire is a powerful addition to the entire canon of American poetry BooklistNow in paperback Directed by Desire is the definitive overview of June Jordan s poetry Collecting the finest w

  • Title: Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan
  • Author: June Jordan
  • ISBN: 9781556592348
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Directed by Desire is a powerful addition to the entire canon of American poetry BooklistNow in paperback, Directed by Desire is the definitive overview of June Jordan s poetry Collecting the finest work from Jordan s ten volumes, as well as dozens of last poems that were never published in Jordan s lifetime, these than six hundred pages overflow with int Directed by Desire is a powerful addition to the entire canon of American poetry BooklistNow in paperback, Directed by Desire is the definitive overview of June Jordan s poetry Collecting the finest work from Jordan s ten volumes, as well as dozens of last poems that were never published in Jordan s lifetime, these than six hundred pages overflow with 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 From These Poems These poemsthey are things that I doin the darkreaching for youwhoever you areandare you ready The cloth edition of Directed by Desire was selected as a Library Journal Poetry Book of the Year and received the Lambda Book Award for Lesbian Poetry.June Jordan taught at UC Berkeley for many years and founded Poetry for the People Her twenty eight 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 After her death in 2002, a school in the San Francisco School District was renamed in her honor.

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    About "June Jordan"

    1. June Jordan

      June Millicent Jordan July 9, 1936 June 14, 2002 was a Caribbean American poet and activist.Jordan received numerous honors and awards, including a 1969 70 Rockefeller grant for creative writing, a Yaddo Fellowship in 1979, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1982, and the Achievement Award for International Reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1984 Jordan also won the Lila Wallace Reader s Digest Writers Award from 1995 to 1998 as well as the Ground Breakers Dream Makers Award from The Woman s Foundation in 1994.She was included in Who s Who in America from 1984 until her death She received the Chancellor s Distinguished Lectureship from UC Berkeley and the PEN Center USA West Freedom to Write Award 1991 from

    785 thoughts on “Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan”

    1. A Although it took me several months to read this (it was my bedtime book, in between other books), this book of collected poems of June Jordan is phenomenal. She is an amazing poet I love and her imagery is rooted in race, gender, class, and is just brilliant.


    2. A HOSTIA.Se non lestes aínda a June Jordan -ata o seu nome é aliterado!-, estades tardando. Muller, negra, non hetero, activista: ten plumas pa dar e tomar. E a súa poesía é un FUCK YEAH continuo.En serio, lédea, lédea, lédea, lédea


    3. June Jordan, now another breast cancer casualty, has fast become one of my favorite poets as I have discovered her biting prose and poetry over the past couple of years, by way of Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde. This is a very complete "collection" with a superb insightful forward by Adrienne Rich (who, sadly passed on a couple of months ago). I'm reading it ravenously, desparately, as if it determined life or deathe it DOES. She's THAT important a poet and a person. Not bad for a Barnard drop-ou [...]


    4. A student of mine bought this book for me after they had completed projects on black history month, but the twist was the person of interest could not be an outwardly famous or well-known African-Americans, I chose women writers and activists etc. It was really an exciting time for me helping them conduct researchis book was my gift.


    5. June Jordan has such a unique and powerful voice - I couldn't get enough of her! She has a stunning way of pulling together unique rhythms, and often those rhythms are a driving force behind the words. I can't help but admire her work!


    6. One of the three hundred and seventeen reasons I'm hooked on June Jordan:Buzz off: Romantic Poem #1After pecking and pecking and pecking afterCrumbsThe bird(sometimes soon enough)remembers how to flyaway


    7. I heart June Jordan. She's probably my biggest influence as a poet. This collection is a much-needed compilation of her work over the years, and includes some previously unpublished writing. I heart her, and I heart this book.


    8. her collected poems! great poems are abundant. some of the best are included. Apologies to the People of Lebanon, On New Year's Eve, Poem about my Rights!






    9. nearly everything ive learned about writing and loving i have learned from the works of June Jordan. this collection should be on every bookshelf, in every home, everywhere.


    10. I'm slowly making my way through, and have been for about a year as I read other books. I'm trying to give each poem the time it deserves.


    11. I bought this book on Kindle for $10. Wow! What a deal! Jordan's poetry is searing! Once I begin, it is difficult for me to tear myself away. She truly was "directed by desire."


    12. This is a massive volume, with more than 600 poems. I liked the ones presenting a strong black feminist perspective on rape and racism. There are lots of others using an indirect esoteric language that did not appeal to me but if you like wordplay for the sound, you might find those enjoyable. I did not realize June Jordan wrote so much poetry and I am glad it was compiled in this anthology. The large anthology of poems by Lucille Clifton is another book by a black feminist who demonstrates more [...]





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