Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997

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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 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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merry - go - round poetry

For one second there
you lay your face against
the brass
support on which the earth
turned high and low
a carousel of horse and rider
in electrical affinity
and I saw
that pole become like melted gold
impressionable and precious
from that momentary contact
with the reckless
question
of your cheek
and I knew the music of your rising
through the air
would not subside
or disappear

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Argument With The Buddha
Birthday In Paris
The Bombing Of Baghdad
Bosnia Bosnia
Bridget Song #1
Campsite #21
Christmas Poem
The Eclipse Of 1996
Fact Sheets For B.b.l.
First Poem After Serious Surgery
Focus In Real Time
Ghaflah
Haiku For B.b.l.
Haiku For The Would-be Killers Of A Teacher
Intifada Incantation:
Kissing God Goodbye
Lebanon Lebanon: I
Lebanon Lebanon: Ii
Lebanon Lebanon: Iii
Lebanon Lebanon: Iv
Letter To Mrs. Virginia Thomas, Wife Of Whatzhisname Lamentably
Merry-go-around Poetry
Message From Belfast For Justice And For Gerry Adams
October Snowpea Poem
Poem #1 For B.b.l.
Poem #3 For B.b.l.
Poem #4 For B.b.l.
Poem #6 For B.b.l.
Poem #7 For B.b.l.
Poem #9 For B.b.l.
Poem After Receiving Voicemail From You After (i Don't Even Know
Poem At The End Of The Third Year
Poem Because The 1996 U.s. Poet Lawreate Told The San Francisco
Poem For A Young Poet
Poem In Memory Of Alan Schindler, 22 Years Old
Poem To Continue A Conversation
Short Takes
Sometimes Clarity Comes In The Dark
Study #1
Study #2 For B.b.l.
Tanka Metaphors Or Not For B.b.l.
Tanka Trio: I
Tanka Trio: Ii
Tanka Trio: Iii
What Great Grief Has Made The Empress Mute
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Should anyone be doubting the existence of an authentically activist poetry, a glance at the life and work of Jordan will demonstrate once and for all the tradition in full effect. Deceptively simple lines that leap from the page, down the throat and strait into the heart - where they begin to boil. Consider this plain and penetrating theological arrow launched at Operation Rescue: "You mean to tell me that on the 12th or the 13th/ that the Lord.../decided who could live and who could die?/And after he did what?.../created alleyways of death/ and acid rain/ and infant mortality rates/ and sons of the gun/ ...Oh! Not that guy?" Once disarmed, the reader receives the question - where do you stand? and must decide what to do. It is hard to imagine a more effective method and, combined with the life Jordan has led, a more effective public poetry. Recommended for all libraries. -- Steven Ellis, Pennsylvania State University Libraries. January, 1998.

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