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June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint

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Her vision and politics have set her at the forefront of contemporary poetry and her work has a far-reaching impact on all poets and readers of poetry today. A dedicated and inspired teacher, her innovative and highly successful poetry program, Poetry for the People, has recently emerged as a national phenomenon.


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Her vision and politics have set her at the forefront of contemporary poetry and her work has a far-reaching impact on all poets and readers of poetry today. A dedicated and inspired teacher, her innovative and highly successful poetry program, Poetry for the People, has recently emerged as a national phenomenon.

30 review for June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I don't really know what to make of this book, or even how to describe it. The book grew out of the famous poetry class that June Jordan taught at Berkeley for many years, and it's something of a hodge podge. The book is essentially a compilation of materials for and by the class: student writings (both poetry and personal reflections), a sample syllabus, lists of classroom ground rules, tips for staging readings, etc. The book came out in the early nineties, and often feels a bit dated in some I don't really know what to make of this book, or even how to describe it. The book grew out of the famous poetry class that June Jordan taught at Berkeley for many years, and it's something of a hodge podge. The book is essentially a compilation of materials for and by the class: student writings (both poetry and personal reflections), a sample syllabus, lists of classroom ground rules, tips for staging readings, etc. The book came out in the early nineties, and often feels a bit dated in some of its earnest political correctness and focus on identity politics. But June Jordan was an incredibly impressive poet and activist, and the book is definitely imbued with her sense of poetry as a real tool for change. It's an interesting book, I'm just not sure how useful it is unless you happen to be trying to initiate your own version of the Poetry for the People course.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A mix of everything: how to (write a poem/plan a reading/publish an anthology) guide, poetry collection, curriculum, bibliography, reflection on experience. The variation in content type from page to page threw me off a little, but I found this to be a rich resource. Wish I was still teaching!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I found this book in a used bookstore in Mexico City -- one of the only English-language books on the wonderful, musty shelves -- when I was living there. It was such a delight, while living and working in a place where I had no writing group and didn't even know anyone who could read what I was writing. This book has traveled with me in the decade since I read it, through my MFA program, through my first two books, through the first classes I taught. Thank you, June!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    this book has a lot of awesome poetry by young people, as well as exercises you can do if you teach (or want to learn) poetry. even if you don't teach poetry but you're into radical education - or if you're not into education, but you study or studied literature- take a look at this book...

  5. 5 out of 5

    James Tracy

    Anyone looking to introduce poetry to a younger crowd, say in a classroom or or community setting should get this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ananda Esteva

    I co-wrote this book....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maleka

    Very inspiring plan to bring poetry to the masses from the classes that June Jordan used to teach in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Loved it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christina Olivares

    made me wanna be a poet activist teacher scholar when i grew up. read it when i was 13 and changed my life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yasmine Ansari

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    Ana

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    Melissa

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    Linda

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tony Lindsay

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maryam

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  16. 4 out of 5

    Israel Haros

  17. 4 out of 5

    Odilia Galvan Rodriguez

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annette Wong

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria Regalado

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dana Karls

  22. 4 out of 5

    Qwo-Li

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yunuen

  24. 5 out of 5

    RJ

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Wright

  26. 4 out of 5

    Camille

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aliya

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Walidah

  30. 4 out of 5

    TR Aguilar

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