Civil Wars

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Simon and Schuster, 1995 - Literary Collections - 188 pages
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In Civil Wars, June Jordan's battleground is the intersection of private and public reality, which she explores through a blending of personal reflection and political analysis. From journal entries on the line between poetry and politics and a discussion of language and power in "White" versus "Black" English to First Amendment issues, children's rights, Black studies, American violence, and sexuality, Jordan documents the very personal ways in which she meshes with the social issues of modern-day life in this country.
 

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Contents

Testimony 1964
3
Letter to Michael 1964
16
Letter to R Buckminster Fuller 1964
23
A Good Way to Hear 1967
39
Bringing Back the Person 1969
45
American Violence and
74
Notes Toward a Black Balancing
84
On the Occasion of a Clear and Present Danger at Yale 1975
90
Thinking about My Poetry 1977
122
New Lives 1978
130
Where Is the Love? 1978
140
Against the Wall 1978
147
In the Valley of the Shadow of Death 1978
150
Black History as Myth 1979
163
Beyond Apocalypse Now 1980
169
Civil Wars 1980
178

Notes of a Barnard Dropout 1975
96
A Victory and a Promise 1976
103
Declaration of an Independence I Would Just as Soon Not Have 1976
115
Permissions
189
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June Jordan (1936-2002) was a poet, essayist, journalist, dramatist, activist, and educator known for challenging oppression through her inspirational words and actions. She was the founder of Poetry for the People at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught for many years. The author of over twenty books, including the young adult novel HIS OWN WHERE, her poetry is collected in DIRECTED BY DESIRE; her selected essays in Some of Us Did Not Die.

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