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Kissing God goodbye : poems, 1991-1997 /

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Language: English
Published: Anchor Books, 1997
Edition: First Anchor Books edition.
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Poems 1991 - 1997 Jordan makes us think of Akhmatova, of Neruda. She is among the bravest of us, the most outraged. She feels for all. She is the universal poet.' - Alice Walker 'June Jordan is the most musically and lyrically gifted poet of the late twentieth century.' - Adrienne Rich'


Review by Booklist Review

Jordan's poems look easy, and in fact are just the sort of poetry that amateurs imitate so badly, but they are actually feats of formal expertise and clear yet passionate thought. A prolific, much-lauded poet, novelist, teacher, and activist, Jordan responds fearlessly to the entire universe, from a disappointing God to the unhappy empress of Japan and women starving in Somalia and Los Angeles and weeping for their dead in Northern Ireland, Lebanon, and Bosnia. Combative and questioning, Jordan argues with the Buddha and renounces renunciation, then challenges the patriarchal god of the Bible: "You mean to tell me that the planet / is the brainchild / of a single / male / head of household?" Skeptical, angry, and sick of unexamined beliefs and hypocrisy, Jordan writes warrior poems: muscled, coiled, and unerringly accurate. --Donna Seaman

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Review by Library Journal Review

Should anyone be doubting the existence of an authentically activist poetry, a glance at the life and work of Jordan will demonstrate once and for all the tradition in full effect. Deceptively simple lines that leap from the page, down the throat and straight into the heart‘where they begin to boil. Consider this plain and penetrating theological arrow launched at Operation Rescue: "You mean to tell me on the 12th day or the 13th/ that the Lord.../ decided who could live and who could die?/ And after he did what?.../ created alleyways of death/ and acid rain/ and infant mortality rates/ and sons of the gun.../ Oh! Not that guy?" Once disarmed, the reader receives the question‘where do you stand? and must decide what to do. It is hard to imagine a more effective method and, combined with the life Jordan has led, a more effective public poetry. Recommended for all libraries.‘Steven Ellis, Pennsylvania State University Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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