Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997

Kissing God Goodbye Poems With the same pithy but eloquent observations characteristic of Jordan s classic poetry collections Things that I Do in the Dark and Living Room and her notable essay collections Civil Wars and Tec

  • Title: Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997
  • Author: June Jordan
  • ISBN: 9780385490320
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • With the same pithy but eloquent observations characteristic of Jordan s classic poetry collections, Things that I Do in the Dark and Living Room, and her notable essay collections, Civil Wars and Technical Difficulties, Kissing God Goodbye will strike a universal chord as it witnesses the pain, confusion, and passion of what it s like to live in our society at the twilighWith the same pithy but eloquent observations characteristic of Jordan s classic poetry collections, Things that I Do in the Dark and Living Room, and her notable essay collections, Civil Wars and Technical Difficulties, Kissing God Goodbye will strike a universal chord as it witnesses the pain, confusion, and passion of what it s like to live in our society at the twilight of the twentieth century June Jordan s many selves, as poet, essayist, feminist, and activist come together here in a collection of poetry that is alternately lyrical, magical, shockingly spare, pungently political, yet universally resonate Beautiful love poems are interspersed with poems about Bosnia, Africa, urban America, Clarence Thomas, affirmative action, her mother s suicide, and Jordan s bout with breast cancer.This collection of poetry will be warmly welcomed by June Jordan loyalists and new readers who will thrill to discover a voice that has been described as one of the most gifted poets of the late twentieth century.

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    1. I read this collection as my introduction to June Jordan's poetry my senior year of college, and she quickly became my favorite poet. She weaves the personal and political together in one of the most poetic ways possible as she writes about racism, sexism, homophobia, war and injustice. Her imagery is amazing and her wording beyond description.

    2. i'm still reading. but one line caught me terribly off guard yesterday while preparing for a session of influencing young minds - "And here is my song of the living / who must sing against the dying / sing to join the living /with the dead"anyway, i'll probably be reading this on and off for a while - left it at home today by accident, pah.

    3. I had the pleasure of going to a reading at the Bookstore in Loring Park in Minneapolis on October 29th, 1997. She was brilliant and lovely and signed my book. She also came and spoke at one of my women studies classes at the U of M. She had wonderful energy and I really enjoyed this book of poems and can still hear her voice when I read some of the them. I especially like Poem #7 for b.b.l.

    4. A couple months ago I was read a blogger who reommended four poets, June Jordan being one.This collection was my first exposure to her work, and I was impressed. Although it was not uniformly impressive, there were enough excellent poems in the collection including the title poem to recommend to others as well as for me to want to read more of Jordan's work.

    5. June Jordan is a poetry muse. She's an activist which comes across in many verses, but she can also tone it down and talk about the daily inner turmoil and triumph of being human. Read Kissing God Goodbye like I did. Then go and read everything else by her as I plan to. She's a keeper.

    6. I finally finished this collection. I am a huge fan of June Jordan, but her later work is not as good for me. This is evidenced by the fact that it took me, quite literally, months to finish this collection. I don't really remember enough of it to review it wel, besides those facts.

    7. *4.5 Stars*For the first half of this collection, I wasn't sure how I fit into Jordan's world or how I could connect with the pieces. But as she started writing about love destroyed and eventually religion used to support oppression in the title piece, I was obsessed.

    8. I really enjoyed this collection of poems, which included the political, the personal and the philosophical. Jordan's a strong voice with a specific point of view, and her strength of opinion and emotion make for a good read.

    9. june jordan is the most published african-american writer, and very few people actually know her name. this is my favorite collection of hers. check out 'the bombing of baghdad' - it reads like a carpet bombing.

    10. ;___________; Loved it.Why is she not well-known? Why are her books so hard to find why must have prices of hundreds of dollars to get a new copy of her bookwhy why why.

    11. didn't really care for this book of poetry, but i have not given up on this author, she has a "name", i am going to discover in the next booky suggestions?

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