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The Essential June Jordan


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Gathering poems alongside photographs and manuscript pages, the definitive introduction to the work of 'the bravest of us . . . the universal poet' (Alice Walker)

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Born in Harlem to West Indian parents and raised in Bed-Stuy, June Jordan (1936-2002) was a poet, essayist, librettist, journalist, political activist and once-collaborator with Buckminster Fuller. Her many visionary educational projects included the establishment of Voice of the Children, a 1960s poetry programme for Black and Puerto Rican youth in Brookyln, and the founding of the influential Poetry for the People creative writing programme at UC Berkeley, where she taught. Her books of poetry include Some Changes, Living Room and Kissing God Goodbye- Poems 1991-1997. Directed by Desire- The Collected Poems of June Jordan (2005) won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry - the last in a long list of honours which also included a congressional citation for outstanding contributions to literature, civil rights and the progressive movement.

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