Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays of June Jordan
"She remains a thinker and activist who 'insists upon complexity.' "Reamy Jansen, San Francisco Chronicle*Some of Us Did Not Die brings together a rich sampling of the late poet June Jordan's prose writings. The essays in this collection, which include her last writings and span the length of her extraordinary career, reveal Jordan as an incisive analyst of the personal and public costs of remaining committed to the ideal and practice of democracy. Willing to venture into the most painful contradictions of American culture and politics, Jordan comes back with lyrical honesty, wit, and wide-ranging intelligence in these accounts of her reckoning with life as a teacher, poet, activist, and citizen.
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Introduction Some of Us Did Not Die
The Invisible People An Unsolicited Report on Black Rage
A Far Stretch Well Worth the Effort
Hunting for Jews?
A Letter to Maria
Do You Do Well To Be Angry?
Update on Martin Luther King Jr and the Best of My Heart
Letter to My Friend
For My American Family A Belated Tribute to a Legacy of Gifted Intelligence and Guts
The Mountain and the Man Who Was Not God An Essay on the Life and Ideas of Dr Martin Luther King Jr
FROM ON CALL
Nobody Mean More to Me Than You And the Future Life of Willie Jordan
The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry in America or Something Like a Sonnet for Phillis Wheatley
Life After Lebanon
White Tuesday November 1984
NICARAGUA Why I Had to Go There
FROM AFFIRMATIVE ACTS
Break the Law
A Couple of Words on Behalf of Sex Itself
Besting a Worst Case Scenario
Notes Toward a Model of Resistance
OJ Simpson Innocent of What?
Ruth and Naomi David and Jonathan One Love
Islam and the USA Today
I Am Seeking an Attitude
The Light of the Fire
FROM TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
Waking up in the Middle of Some American Dreams
Requiem for the Champ
Can I Get a Witness?
A New Politics of Sexuality
Report from the Bahamas
Problems of Language in a Democratic State
Many Rivers to Cross
For the Sake of Peoples Poetry Walt Whitman and the Rest of Us
FROM CIVIL WARS
Where Is the Love?
Old Stories New Lives
Notes Toward a Black Balancing of Love and Hatred
American Violence and the Holy Loving Spirit
Letter to R Buckminster Fuller
Letter to Michael
Foreword to Civil Wars
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