Author: June Jordan
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Release Date: 2012-12-28
“Directed by Desire . . . is a powerful addition to the entire canon of American poetry.”—Booklist Now 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 more 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 poems they are things that I do in the dark reaching for you whoever you are and are 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.
Author: June Jordan
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Release Date: 1994
For Haruko Little moves on sight blinded by histories as trivial or expansive as the rain seducing light into a blurred excitement Then she opens all of one eye as accurate as longing as two hands beholden to the hunger of green leaves and rinsing them back into regular breath she who sees she frees each of these beggarly events cleansing them of dust and other death Poem about Process And Progress For Haruko Hey Baby you betta hurry it up! Because since you went totally off I seen a full moon I seen a half moon I seen a quarter moon I seen no moon whatsoever! I seen a equinox I seen a solstice I seen Mars and Venus on a line I seen a mess a fickle stars and lately I seen this new kind a luva on an' off the telephone who like to talk to me all the time real nice Resolution # 1,003 I will love who loves me I will love as much as I am loved I will hate who hates me I will feel nothing for everyone oblivious to me I will stay indifferent to indifference I will live hostile to hostility I will make myself a passionate and eager lover In response to passionate and eager love I will be nobody's fool Foreword WHAT IS THIS thing called love, in the poems of June Jordan, artist, teacher, social critic, visionary of human solidarity? First of all, it's a motive; the power Che Guevara was trying to invoke in his much-quoted assertion: "At the risk of appearing ridiculous . . . the true revolutionary is moved by great feelings of love." I think also of Paul Nizan: "You think you are innocent if you say, 'I love this woman and I want to act in accordance with my love,' but you are beginning the revolution. . . . You will be driven back: to claim the right to a human act is to attack the forces responsible for all the misery in the world." Neither of them, admittedly, was claiming the love of a woman for women, the love of a man for men, as revolutionary, as a human act. But the motive is "directed by desire" in Jordan
Her vision and politics have set her at the forefront of contemporary poetry and her work has a far-reaching impact on all poets and readers of poetry today. A dedicated and inspired teacher, her innovative and highly successful poetry program, Poetry for the People, has recently emerged as a national phenomenon.
Author: June Jordan
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
Release Date: 2010-05-01
“This June Jordan treasure is a rare piece of fiction from one of America's most vital poets and political essayists—a tender story of young love in the face of generational opposition, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet that sings and sways.” —Walter Mosley Nominated for a National Book Award in 1971, His Own Where is the story of Buddy, a fifteen-year-old boy whose world is spinning out of control. He meets Angela, whose angry parents accuse her of being "wild." When life falls apart for Buddy and his father, and when Angela is attacked at home, they take action to create their own way of staying alive in Brooklyn. In the process, the two find refuge in one another and learn that love is real and necessary. His Own Where was one of The New York Times' Most Outstanding Books and was on the American Library Association's list of Best Books in 1971. June Jordan was a poet, essayist, journalist, dramatist, activist, and educator known for challenging oppression through her inspirational words and actions. She was the founder of Poetry for the People at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught for many years. The author of over twenty books, her poetry is collected in Directed by Desire; her selected essays in Some of Us Did Not Die. Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, Black Wings & Blind Angels, and Push, which was made into the 2009 award-winning motion picture Precious.
Author: Kimberley Phillips Boehm
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date: 2012-01-15
Genre: Social Science
African Americans' long campaign for "the right to fight" forced Harry Truman to issue his 1948 executive order calling for equality of treatment and opportunity in the armed forces. In War! What Is It Good For?, Kimberley Phillips examines how blacks' participation in the nation's wars after Truman's order and their protracted struggles for equal citizenship galvanized a vibrant antiwar activism that reshaped their struggles for freedom. Using an array of sources--from newspapers and government documents to literature, music, and film--and tracing the period from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Phillips considers how federal policies that desegregated the military also maintained racial, gender, and economic inequalities. Since 1945, the nation's need for military labor, blacks' unequal access to employment, and discriminatory draft policies have forced black men into the military at disproportionate rates. While mainstream civil rights leaders considered the integration of the military to be a civil rights success, many black soldiers, veterans, and antiwar activists perceived war as inimical to their struggles for economic and racial justice and sought to reshape the civil rights movement into an antiwar black freedom movement. Since the Vietnam War, Phillips argues, many African Americans have questioned linking militarism and war to their concepts of citizenship, equality, and freedom.
This book reads the work of contemporary women poets against recent debates in third wave feminism and democratic theory in exploring the range of ways in which women poets have interrogated the complexities of being public in contemporary U.S culture.
Author: J. LeBlanc
Release Date: 2012-10-22
Genre: Social Science
This book brings a variety of voices into conversation about the issues of identity, community, tension and violence, and peace in the West: from Sophocles to Alice Walker, from Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr. and from Euripides to Edward Said.
Neftali ist 8 und lebt mit seiner Familie in Temuco, einer kleinen Stadt im Süden Chiles. Sein Vater ist streng und wünscht sich, dass er etwas „Vernünftiges“ lernt. Aber Neftalis Leidenschaft ist das Lesen und das Sammeln - Blätter, Steine, Vogelnester, Tannenzapfen, Muscheln. Und immer gibt es dazu Geschichten, die sich Neftali ausdenkt, und Wörter, die er auf Zettel schreibt und in seine Schublade steckt. Seine Schätze. Endlich kommt der Sommer, an dem sie ans Meer fahren, an den Pazifik, der rauh ist und kalt, aber so unendlich weit und wunderschön. Und all sein Hoffen ist, das der Vater vielleicht am Meer nicht so streng ist wie sonst. Am Ende dieses einfühlsamen und warmherzigen Romans, Neftali ist inzwischen 15, müssen wir lernen, dass irgendwann jeder seinen Weg gehen muss, so schwer er auch ist und so schmerzlich Abschiede sind. Neftali geht zum Studium nach Santiago, und aus dem Jungen aus dem Süden wird der berühmte Schriftsteller Pablo Neruda. Peter Sis, den wir aus der „Konferenz der Vögel“ kennen, hat das Buch durchillustriert und gestaltet und es auch optisch zu einem Kunstwerk gemacht.
Author: Christoph Keller
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Authors, German
Christoph Keller ist nicht nur ein bekannter Schriftsteller und Theaterautor, er ist auch Rollstuhlfahrer. Seine Autobiographie ist jedoch keine Krankengeschichte, sondern erzählt voller Witz und Humor von einem Vater, der einst ein sehr erfolgreicher Unternehmer war, bald aber Konkurs machte, einer obsessiven Sammelleidenschaft nachging, eine Kunstgalerie eröffnete und seine drei Söhne, die alle an Muskelschwund erkrankten, als Krüppel betrachtete. Eine beeindruckende Lebensreise, die in Sankt Gallen beginnt, bis nach New York führt und den Blick auf die Welt verändert.