Soldier by June Jordan
A Poet's Childhood

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Written with exceptional beauty throughout, Soldier stands and delivers an eloquent, heart-breaking, hilarious and hopeful, witness to the beginnings of a truly extraordinary, American life.
 

About June Jordan

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June Jordan (1936-2002) was a poet, essayist, journalist, dramatist, activist, and educator known for challenging oppression through her inspirational words and actions. She was the founder of Poetry for the People at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught for many years. The author of over twenty books, including the young adult novel HIS OWN WHERE, her poetry is collected in DIRECTED BY DESIRE; her selected essays in Some of Us Did Not Die.
 
Published April 28, 2009 by Basic Civitas Books. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Known for her fiery protest poems and her sensitive portrayals of children, poet and novelist Jordan (Naming Our Destiny) offers a fast-moving memoir of her early years. Born on the hottest day in H

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At her best, Jordan writes as if for oral delivery: Jodi, her best friend at summer camp, ""had tiger eyes and a lion's mane for hair and she chewed gum so that it cracked near her chipped front tooth and her skin turned the same color as my own skin from the sun."" Jordan could easily have writt...

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In the end, Jordan is her father's daughter, inclined more toward action than introspection, and although she tries to strike a balance, it's her father who dominates the account.

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