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Civil Wars

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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, Am ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Touchstone (first published 1981)
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Jun 18, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: race, struggle
This is beautiful and deep and all about writing and struggle and fury and family and love and race. Written by a poet, the language ranges from fierce to sumptuous and every now and then you worry that you're getting to that edge so many creative people got of self-involvement, but don't worry, because you never get there. She is too thoughtful, too committed to work and change and words to get there. She teaches and learns, she was there for the riots in Harlem in 1964 and her white husband ne ...more
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Dec 28, 2015 Avatara Smith carrington rated it really liked it
This was honestly such a pleasure to read because of the variety of topics June Jordan is so effortlessly able to cover. Her ability to voice the unrest around black bodies and violence/disenfranchisement eerily sets a semi-modern precedence for all that is continuing to happen to black people in the US. It was also great to read her opinions on a range of topics from architecture to AAVE and see the progressions of not only her ideas but her ability to cover such topics also progress.
Oct 26, 2012 Alisa rated it really liked it
June Jordan wrote these essays about events that took place 40 or 50 years ago; she could have been writing about yesterday. The essays speak of an imperialist war, the crisis in education for low income children and children of color, misunderstandings of race. She is a poet and writes as a poet. It's an amazing book and now I'd like to read her memoir.
Aug 06, 2007 Ferentz rated it it was amazing
Jordan seamlessly blends memoir, journalism and cultural criticism in this series of essays.
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June Millicent Jordan (July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002) was a Caribbean-American poet and activist.

Jordan received numerous honors and awards, including a 1969-70 Rockefeller grant for creative writing, a Yaddo Fellowship in 1979, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1982, and the Achievement Award for International Reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1984. Jord
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