Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan

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Valerie Kinloch, Margret Grebowicz
Lexington Books, Jul 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 294 pages
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From her activism to her passionate writings, June Jordan (1936 - 2002) is one of the most revered American poets of our time. Jordan's writing simultaneously provokes delight and energy while urging reflection on American society and its injustices. In Still Seeking an Attitude, the first reflection on her legacy, Jordan's life and works are explored in depth and detail, focusing on subjects ranging from her use of language and linguistics to her political activism and role in children's literature. These critical examinations elucidate the power and poetry of Jordan's words, serving as an exciting supplement for those already familiar with Jordan and an excellent guide for anyone discovering her works for the first time.
 

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Contents

This is the Only Time to Come Together June Jordans Publics and the Possibility of Democracy
15
Exposing the Lie of Neutrality June Jordans Affirmative Acts
33
Narrating Nation Exploring the Space of Americanness and the Place of African American Women through the Works of June Jordan
49
WHO SAYS ITS NOT A LANGUAGE? BLACK ENGLISH IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
67
What Would I Do White?
69
Black English as a Linguistic System A Statement about Our Rights
71
Telling Her Own Truth June Jordan Standard English and the Epistemology of Ignorance
87
Notes Toward a Multicultural Writing Center The Problems of Language in a Democratic State
101
Performing Righteous Certainty The Shifting Poetic Address of June Jordans War Resistance Poetry
175
June Jordans Radical Pedagogy Activist Poetry in Public Education
189
Finding a Democratic Speech The Intercultural Poetics and Pedagogy of June Jordans Poetry for the People
209
WRITERS REFLECT
233
War and Memory
235
Writing War Writing Memory
243
Words Roses
257
June with love
259

RADICALIZING CHILDRENS LIVES AND LITERATURES
115
One Minus One Minus One
117
Affirmative Acts Language Childhood and Power in June Jordans CrossWriting
119
Taking Children Seriously June Jordans Contribution to African American Childrens Literature
145
Beyond Orientation On Sex Poetry and the Violability of Children
157
THE ART OF RESISTANCE OR POETICS POLITICIZED
171
Calling on All Silent Minorities
173
A Colored Democracy Cultural Exchange Revisited
261
Directed by Desire
265
Selected Bibliography
267
Index
275
About the Contributors
281
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Page 267 - Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

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Margret Grebowicz is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston, Downtown. Valerie Kinloch is Assistant Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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