June Jordan

(9 July 1936 - 14 June 2002 / United States)

Biography of June Jordan

June Jordan poet

June Millicent Jordan was a Caribbean-American poet, novelist, journalist, biographer, dramatist, teacher and committed activist. Jordan is regarded as one of the most significant and prolific black, bisexual writers of the 20th century.

June Jordan's Works:

Who Look at Me, Crowell, 1969
Soulscript (editor)
The Voice of the Children, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970 (co-editor)
Some Changes, Dutton, 1971
His Own Where. 1972.; Feminist Press, 2010
Dry Victories, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972
Fannie Lou Hamer, Crowell, 1972
New Days, Emerson Hall, 1974
New Life, Crowell, 1975
Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poems, 1954–1977, Random House, 1977
Passion, Beacon Press, 1980
Kimako's Story, Houghton Mifflin, 1981
Civil Wars, Beacon Press, 1981; Civil Wars. Simon and Schuster. 1995
Living Room, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1985
On Call, South End Press, 1985
Lyrical Campaigns, Virago, 1989
Moving Towards Home, Virago, 1989
Naming Our Destiny, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1989
Technical Difficulties: African-American Notes on the State of the Union, Pantheon Books, 1992
Technical Difficulties: New Political Essays
Haruko: Love Poems, High Risk Books, 1994
I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, Scribner, 1995
June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint. Taylor & Francis. 1995
Kissing God Goodbye, Anchor Books, 1997
Affirmative Acts, Anchor Books, 1998
Soldier: A Poet's Childhood. Basic Civitas Books. 2001
Some of Us Did Not Die. Basic Civitas Books. 2003
Soulscript: A Collection of Classic African American Poetry. Random House Digital, Inc.. 2004 (editor, reprint)
Directed by Desire: The Complete Poems of June Jordan (Copper Canyon Press, 2005) (edited by Jan Heller Levi and Sara Miles)
His Own Where. Feminist Press. 2010

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A Song For Soweto

At the throat of Soweto
a devil language falls
claw syllables to shred and leave
the tongue of the young
learning to sing
her own name

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