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Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan

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Publisher Comments:

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.

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Affordable paperback of volume honored as one of Library Journal's "Poetry Books of the Year."

Synopsis:

Poetry. African American Studies. 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.

About the Author

June Jordan was born in Harlem. Her twenty-eight books include poetry, essays, and children's books. A beloved teacher and exuberant activist, she founded Poetry For the People, and was a regular columnist for The Progressive and a prolific writer whose articles appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Ms., and Essence. She died of breast cancer in 2002.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556592348
Author:
Jordan, June
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.00 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Miscellaneous International Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » American » African American
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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"Synopsis" by , Poetry. African American Studies. 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.
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