“Directed by Desire . . . is a powerful addition to the entire canon of American poetry.”—Booklist Now in paperback, Directed by Desire is the definitive overview of June Jordan’s -poetry. Collecting the finest work from Jordan’s ten volumes, as well as dozens of “last poems” that were never published in Jordan’s lifetime, these more than six hundred pages overflow with intimate lyricism, elegance, fury, meditative solos, and dazzling vernacular riffs. As Adrienne Rich writes in her introduction, June Jordan “wanted her readers, listeners, students, to feel their own latent power—of the word, the deed, of their own beauty and intrinsic value.” From “These Poems”: These poems they are things that I do in the dark reaching for you whoever you are and are you ready? The cloth edition of Directed by Desire was selected as a Library Journal Poetry Book of the Year and received the Lambda Book Award for Lesbian Poetry. June Jordan taught at UC Berkeley for many years and founded Poetry for the People. Her twenty-eight books include poetry, essays, fiction, and children’s books. She was a regular columnist for The Progressive and a prolific writer whose articles appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, and The Nation. After her death in 2002, a school in the San Francisco School District was renamed in her honor.
For Haruko Little moves on sight blinded by histories as trivial or expansive as the rain seducing light into a blurred excitement Then she opens all of one eye as accurate as longing as two hands beholden to the hunger of green leaves and rinsing them back into regular breath she who sees she frees each of these beggarly events cleansing them of dust and other death Poem about Process And Progress For Haruko Hey Baby you betta hurry it up! Because since you went totally off I seen a full moon I seen a half moon I seen a quarter moon I seen no moon whatsoever! I seen a equinox I seen a solstice I seen Mars and Venus on a line I seen a mess a fickle stars and lately I seen this new kind a luva on an' off the telephone who like to talk to me all the time real nice Resolution # 1,003 I will love who loves me I will love as much as I am loved I will hate who hates me I will feel nothing for everyone oblivious to me I will stay indifferent to indifference I will live hostile to hostility I will make myself a passionate and eager lover In response to passionate and eager love I will be nobody's fool Foreword WHAT IS THIS thing called love, in the poems of June Jordan, artist, teacher, social critic, visionary of human solidarity? First of all, it's a motive; the power Che Guevara was trying to invoke in his much-quoted assertion: "At the risk of appearing ridiculous . . . the true revolutionary is moved by great feelings of love." I think also of Paul Nizan: "You think you are innocent if you say, 'I love this woman and I want to act in accordance with my love,' but you are beginning the revolution. . . . You will be driven back: to claim the right to a human act is to attack the forces responsible for all the misery in the world." Neither of them, admittedly, was claiming the love of a woman for women, the love of a man for men, as revolutionary, as a human act. But the motive is "directed by desire" in Jordan
The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African AmericanLiterature is a comprehensive collection of poems, shortstories, novellas, novels, plays, autobiographies, and essaysauthored by African Americans from the eighteenth century until thepresent. Evenly divided into two volumes, it is also thefirst such anthology to be conceived and published for bothclassroom and online education in the new millennium. Reflects the current scholarly and pedagogic structure ofAfrican American literary studies Selects literary texts according to extensive research onclassroom adoptions, scholarship, and the expert opinions ofleading professors Organizes literary texts according to more appropriate periodsof literary history, dividing them into seven sections thataccurately depict intellectual, cultural, and politicalmovements Includes more reprints of entire works and longer selections ofmajor works than any other anthology of its kind This second volume contains a comprehensive collection oftexts authored by African Americans from the 1920s to thepresent The two volumes of this landmark anthology can also be ahref="http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118824776.html"boughtas a set/a, at over 20% savings.
Lauren Muller,June Jordan,Poetry for the People (Organization)
Author: Lauren Muller,June Jordan,Poetry for the People (Organization)
Publisher: Burns & Oates
Her vision and politics have set her at the forefront of contemporary poetry and her work has a far-reaching impact on all poets and readers of poetry today. A dedicated and inspired teacher, her innovative and highly successful poetry program, Poetry for the People, has recently emerged as a national phenomenon.
“This June Jordan treasure is a rare piece of fiction from one of America's most vital poets and political essayists—a tender story of young love in the face of generational opposition, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet that sings and sways.” —Walter Mosley Nominated for a National Book Award in 1971, His Own Where is the story of Buddy, a fifteen-year-old boy whose world is spinning out of control. He meets Angela, whose angry parents accuse her of being "wild." When life falls apart for Buddy and his father, and when Angela is attacked at home, they take action to create their own way of staying alive in Brooklyn. In the process, the two find refuge in one another and learn that love is real and necessary. His Own Where was one of The New York Times' Most Outstanding Books and was on the American Library Association's list of Best Books in 1971. June Jordan 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, her poetry is collected in Directed by Desire; her selected essays in Some of Us Did Not Die. Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, Black Wings & Blind Angels, and Push, which was made into the 2009 award-winning motion picture Precious.
Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
Gedichte. Englisch und Deutsch. Herausgegeben und Mit Einem Nachwort Von Julia Sattler und Walter Grünzweig. Übersetzt Von Amerikanistinnen und Amerikanisten Der Technischen Universität Dortmund. Einbandzeichnungen Von Max Cole.
Negotiating Transitive Spaces and Hybrid Identities
Author: J. LeBlanc,Carolyn M. Jones Medine
Category: Social Science
This book brings a variety of voices into conversation about the issues of identity, community, tension and violence, and peace in the West: from Sophocles to Alice Walker, from Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr. and from Euripides to Edward Said.
Neftali ist 8 und lebt mit seiner Familie in Temuco, einer kleinen Stadt im Süden Chiles. Sein Vater ist streng und wünscht sich, dass er etwas „Vernünftiges“ lernt. Aber Neftalis Leidenschaft ist das Lesen und das Sammeln - Blätter, Steine, Vogelnester, Tannenzapfen, Muscheln. Und immer gibt es dazu Geschichten, die sich Neftali ausdenkt, und Wörter, die er auf Zettel schreibt und in seine Schublade steckt. Seine Schätze. Endlich kommt der Sommer, an dem sie ans Meer fahren, an den Pazifik, der rauh ist und kalt, aber so unendlich weit und wunderschön. Und all sein Hoffen ist, das der Vater vielleicht am Meer nicht so streng ist wie sonst. Am Ende dieses einfühlsamen und warmherzigen Romans, Neftali ist inzwischen 15, müssen wir lernen, dass irgendwann jeder seinen Weg gehen muss, so schwer er auch ist und so schmerzlich Abschiede sind. Neftali geht zum Studium nach Santiago, und aus dem Jungen aus dem Süden wird der berühmte Schriftsteller Pablo Neruda. Peter Sis, den wir aus der „Konferenz der Vögel“ kennen, hat das Buch durchillustriert und gestaltet und es auch optisch zu einem Kunstwerk gemacht.
“Mine is a personal story of an unexpected and terribly inconvenient Christian conversion, told by a very unlikely convert.” –Sara Miles Raised as an atheist, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and a writer. Then early one winter morning, for no earthly reason, she wandered into a church. “I was certainly not interested in becoming a Christian,” she writes, “or, as I thought of it rather less politely, a religious nut.” But she ate a piece of bread, took a sip of wine, and found herself radically transformed. The mysterious sacrament of communion has sustained Miles ever since, in a faith she’d scorned, in work she’d never imagined. In this astonishing story, she tells how the seeds of her conversion were sown, and what her life has been like since she took that bread. A lesbian left-wing journalist who covered revolutions around the world, Miles was not the woman her friends expected to see suddenly praising Jesus. She was certainly not the kind of person the government had in mind to run a “faith-based charity.” Religion for her was not about angels or good behavior or piety; it was about real hunger, real food, and real bodies. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away. The first food pantry she established provided hundreds of poor, elderly, sick, deranged, and marginalized people with lifesaving food and a sense of belonging. Within a few years, the loaves had multiplied, and she and the people she served had started nearly a dozen more pantries. Take This Bread is rich with real-life Dickensian characters–church ladies, child abusers, millionaires, schizophrenics, bishops, and thieves–all blown into Miles’s life by the relentless force of her newfound calling. She recounts stories about trudging through the rain in housing projects, wiping the runny nose of a psychotic man, storing a battered woman’s .375 Magnum in a cookie tin. She writes about the economy of hunger and the ugly politics of food; the meaning of prayer and the physicality of faith. Here, in this achingly beautiful, passionate book, is the living communion of Christ. “The most amazing book.” – Anne Lamott From the Hardcover edition.
Christoph Keller ist nicht nur ein bekannter Schriftsteller und Theaterautor, er ist auch Rollstuhlfahrer. Seine Autobiographie ist jedoch keine Krankengeschichte, sondern erzählt voller Witz und Humor von einem Vater, der einst ein sehr erfolgreicher Unternehmer war, bald aber Konkurs machte, einer obsessiven Sammelleidenschaft nachging, eine Kunstgalerie eröffnete und seine drei Söhne, die alle an Muskelschwund erkrankten, als Krüppel betrachtete. Eine beeindruckende Lebensreise, die in Sankt Gallen beginnt, bis nach New York führt und den Blick auf die Welt verändert.