The Essential June Jordan

The Essential June Jordan

by June Jordan

Edited by Jan Heller Levi and Christoph Keller

Introduction by Jericho Brown

Published by: Copper Canyon Press

256 pages, 9.00 x 6.00 in, B&W photographs throughout

  • Paperback
  • 9781556596209
  • Published: May 2021


<em> The Essential June Jordan</em> honors the enduring legacy of a poet fiercely dedicated to building a better world. In this definitive volume, introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown, June Jordan’s generous body of poetry is distilled and curated to represent the very best of her works. Written over the span of several decades—from <em> Some Changes</em> in 1971 to <em> Last Poems</em> in 2001­—Jordan’s poems are at once of their era and tragically current, with subject matter including racist police brutality, violence against women, and the opportunity for global solidarity amongst people who are marginalized or outside of the norm. In these poems of great immediacy and radical kindness, humor and embodied candor, readers will (re)discover a voice that has inspired generations of contemporary poets to write their truths. June Jordan is a powerful voice of the time-honored movement for justice, a poet for the ages.