June Jordan 1936–
Black American poet, novelist, essayist, and editor.
Jordan explores the black experience in America in poetry noted for its ironic presentation of emotions ranging from rage to love. Her subjects extend from personal to political experiences. "I expect a distinctively Black poem to speak for me-as-part-of-an-us," Jordan has said. Some of her poetry, particularly in Passion: New Poems, 1977–1980, has been denounced for its radical stance. And Jordan does advocate self-determination and activism to bring about the changes necessary for an amiable coexistence of black and white society.
Civil Wars is a collection of Jordan's essays from 1964 to 1980. These essays address Jordan's main concerns: feminism and the black experience, and children and education. The book, chronologically ordered, is an autobiographical testament to her commitment to the black community.
(See also CLC, Vols. 5, 11; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 33-36, rev. ed.; and Something about the Author, Vol. 4.)