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Some of Us Did Not Die : New and Selected Essays - June Jordan

Some of Us Did Not Die

New and Selected Essays

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"She remains a thinker and activist who 'insists upon complexity.' "Reamy Jansen, "San Francisco Chronicle"*"Some of Us Did Not Die" brings together a rich sampling of the late poet June Jordan's prose writings. The essays in this collection, which include her last writings and span the length of her extraordinary career, reveal Jordan as an incisive analyst of the personal and public costs of remaining committed to the ideal and practice of democracy. Willing to venture into the most painful contradictions of American culture and politics, Jordan comes back with lyrical honesty, wit, and wide-ranging intelligence in these accounts of her reckoning with life as a teacher, poet, activist, and citizen.

June Jordan saw it all during her life - and wrote about most of it. Born in Harlem, she grew up with many of the problems which beset underprivileged young black Americans: a violent father and racial and sexual discrimination. Life did not become any easier with the transition to adulthood as she was forced to deal with divorce and single motherhood, her own mother's suicide, twice being raped and finally falling victim to breast cancer. Such adversity did not, however, stand in the way of her involvement in the great political issues of her day such as the Civil Rights and Anti-War in Vietnam movements and latterly gender politics. Such a rich, if traumatic, tapestry of experience provides the raw material as well as the inspiration for this collection of essays, some of which are published here for the first time. Jordan writes with the passion and eloquence one would expect from a committed political activist and poet as she describes intensely personal experiences on the one hand and discusses matters of world importance on the other. Several essays give vent to the anguish and suffering inflicted by rape and cancer, as well as to her anger at the way in which society deals with such matters, be it the glorification of such notorious figures as O J Simpson and Mike Tyson or the failure of the healthcare system to respond to the needs of its patients. Much of Jordan's writing is devoted to the endless struggle for racial equality and covers such areas as the rise of white supremacist and religious fundamentalist groups, the continuing case for affirmative action, police brutality towards blacks and analysis of the legacy of Martin Luther King. Finally, she applies herself to current global issues such as the attitude of the US towards Muslims and the world order since September 11, arguing that Americans must not allow themselves to become a terrorist force. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780465036936
ISBN-10: 0465036937
Series: New and and Selected Essays
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1