June Jordan's Poetry for the People: a revolutionary blueprint

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June Jordan is one of America's best known poets. 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. This book is the result of a unique collaborative effort among members of Jordan'sPoetry for the Peopleworkshop, and provides, for the first time, a step-by-step guide for teachers and poets on how to inspire young people to become practicing poets. Specially featured are interviews with contemporary poets--Ntozake Shange, Leroy Quintana, Cornelius Eady, Alfred Arteaga, Janice Gould, Dan Bellm, Marilyn Chin, Joy Harjo--who reflect on their poetic influences and the ways they adapted the canon to their own identities. Also valuable are bibliographies on African American, Asian American,native American, Carribean, Chicano/a, Latino/a, American, Irish and gay and lesbian poetry, and poetry for and by children. Focusing on both Jordan's classroom and workshop methods for teaching poetry and workshop basics, the Blueprint then extends its scope to moving poetry outward into our communities, covering, among other thinghs, stepping up to the mike and sponsoring "hot shot" poets. June Jordan's Poetryfor the Peopleis testimony to the group spirit that makes her poetry workshops such powerful events. No poet or teacher of poetry should be without this indispensable guide to making poetry a meaningful part of every school and community.

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Good foundation reading for teachers looking to include more personally relevant writing in their classrooms. Also includes some interesting discussion of whether there is any validity in the English ... Read full review

June Jordan's Poetry for the People: a revolutionary blueprint

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This lively "blueprint" (guidebook) represents collaborative efforts of the Poetry for the People--60 or more multicultural students under the leadership of June Jordan at the University of California ... Read full review

Contents

PERSONAL AND POLITICAL POWER IN POETRY
13
BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF TRUST
35
Putting It Together
51
Why Teach Poetry? Whats Power Got To Do With It?
69
In Your Face America Bibliographies
87
ALLITERATIVE SQUAT THRUSTS
103
Developing Cultural Literacies
117
WORD OF MOUTH
135
PUBLICITY AND MEDIA
149
REACHING INWARD AND OUTWARD THROUGH POETRY
157
THROWING IT DOWN ON PAPER IN A BOOKI
177
POEMS FROM POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE 19911994
191
CODA
225
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About the author (1995)

June Jordan was a poet, essayist, journalist, dramatist, academic, and activist known for challenging oppression through her inspirational words and actions. She published 28 books and received many awards and honors, including a Rockefeller grant, the New York Council of the Humanities award, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Black Writers' Conference. Jordan died of cancer in 2002.