Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan

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Copper Canyon Press, Jun 1, 2007 - Poetry - 640 pages
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""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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A multi-award-winning author of essays, plays, fiction, and children├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs books as well as poetry, Jordan died in 2002 of breast cancer. Remarkably, this hefty collection (clocking in at over ... Read full review

Contents

Who LookatMe
7
some changes 1971
19
Not a Suicide Poem
25
For Somebody to Start Singing
31
Juice of a Lemon on the Trail of Little Yellow
37
What Declaration
38
Leaves Blow Backward
44
Rejoinder
52
am the fallenI am the cliff
344
To Sing a Song of Palestine
345
Poem on the Road for Alice Walker
346
For Buck
349
Poem for Dana
350
A Song for Soweto
352
Atlantic Coast Reggae
353
Richard Wright Was Wrong
356

No Train of Thought
58
Exercise in Quits
64
Roman Poem Number Three
90
Roman Poem Number Seventeen
102
No Poem
121
From an Uprooted Condition
134
Onesided Dialog
147
On Divine Adaptation to an Age of Disbelief
148
On the Murder of Two Human Being Black Men
163
fromthings that i do in the dark 1977
185
The Round of Grief
201
One Minus One Minus
202
For Ethelbert
208
1976
214
From Inside the Continuum
222
From The Talking Back ofMiss ValentineJones
232
On a Monday Afternoon
243
Poem for Nana
249
Poem for the Poet Alexis De Veaux 253 Current Events
253
Poem about The Head ofa Negro
255
The Morning on the Mountains 256 The Rationale or She Drove Me Crazy
256
Case in Point
257
Poem of Personal Greeting for Fidel
258
Saratoga Springs and Especially about George Benson and Everyone Who Was Listening
260
Patricias Poem
261
You married?
262
TV Is Easy Next to Life
263
An Explanation Always Follows
266
Letter to the Local Police
267
Found Poem
269
Michael Goodbye for aWhile
270
Poem about Police Violence
272
Sketching in the Transcendental
273
A Poem about Intelligence for My Brothers and Sisters
274
verse from a fragmentary marriage
275
Poem for Mrs Fannie Lou Hamer
276
Poem for South African Women
278
Notes on the Peanut
279
Unemployment Monologue
281
Toward a City That Sings
282
A Song of Sojourner Truth
283
Alla Thas All Right
285
Nightletters
286
Evidently Looking at the Moon Requires a Clean Place to Stand 287 Free Flight
287
Letter to My Friend the Poet Ntozake Shange
291
Legend of the Holy Night When the Police Finally Held Fire
292
A Poem about Vieques Puerto Rico
293
Inaugural Rose
297
En Passant 298 For Lil
298
Niagara Falls 300 calling it quits
300
Poem toward the Bottom Line
301
Memoranda toward the Spring of Seventynine
302
A Short Note to My Very Critical and WellBeloved Friends and Comrades
303
Rape Is Not a Poem
304
What Is This in Reference To? or We Must Get Together Sometime Soon
307
Poem 2 for Inaugural Rose
308
Poem about My Rights
309
Grand Army Plaza
312
Taking Care
313
A RighttoLifer in Grand Forks North Dakota
316
A Poem in Process
317
living room 1985
323
From Sea to Shining
325
in the february blizzard of 1983
331
Des Moines Iowa
332
A poem for Jonathan 333 Poem for Nicaragua
333
Teotecacinte
334
war zone
335
photograph of Managua
336
report from the frontier
337
Directions for Carrying Explosive Nuclear Wastes through Metropolitan New York
338
North Carolina
339
Problems of Language
340
Independence Day in the U S
343
1981
357
Song of the Law Abiding Citizen
358
October 23 1983
360
look at the blackbird fall
361
March Song
362
Menu
363
Addenda to the Papal Bull
366
Poem for the Poet Sara Miles
367
Poem for Guatemala
368
Meditation
370
the snow 371 Who Would Be Free Themselves Must Strike the Blow
371
A Runaway Lil Bit Poem
372
DeLiza Spend the Day in the City
373
374 November
374
Poem towards a Final Solution
376
Tornado Watch
383
Grace
389
The Cedar Trees of Lebanon
395
fromnaming our destiny 1989
401
Intifada
407
Ghazal at Full Moon
410
Aftermath
416
Poem Instead of a Columbus Day Parade
422
Take Them Out
428
The Madison Experience
434
Poem Number Two on Bells Theorem or The
440
At Some Moment the Confidence Snaps
443
Poem for
445
Poem at the Midnight of My Life
447
The Female and the Silence ofa
448
Poem for Buddy
449
Smash the Church
453
Dont Estimate
457
Financial Planning
458
Poem for Mark
459
DeLiza Come to London Town 461 DeLiza and the TV News
461
Sometimes DeLiza
462
War and Memory
463
from harukolove poems 1994
471
New Year 474 For Haruko
473
Poem for Haruko
474
01 a m Why I became a pacifist
477
CLEAN Update
478
Resolution 1003
480
A Poem for Haruko 1029
481
Admittedly 482 Boats afloat
482
Taiko Dojo 483 Poem about Heartbreak That Go On and
483
Speculations on the Present Through the Prism of the Past
484
Poem for Haruko
485
Ichiban
486
Phoenix Mystery
487
plum blossom plum jam
494
Poem for aYoung Poet
501
Argument with the Buddha
507
Short Takes
517
Haiku for the WouldBe Killers of a Teacher
523
Letter to Mrs Virginia Thomas Wife of Whatzhisname
532
The Bombing of Baghdad
536
Bosnia Bosnia
542
poem to continue a conversation
551
Study 2 forb b L
557
Poem 7 for b b L
563
last poems 19972001
577
Snowpea
609
Ode to the Gun Lobby
625
About theAuthor
631
For Alice Walker a summertime tanka
636
Scenario Revision
637
A Poem for All the Children
639
Verse after Listening to Bartˇk Play Bartˇk a Second Time or Different Ways of Tingling All Over
641
Bay waters rolling
643
Trumpet vine sneaks in
649
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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.

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