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I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky

Jordan, June

ISBN 10: 0684804220 / ISBN 13: 9780684804224
Published by Scribner, 1995
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw ...

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Combining her talents and mixed elements of drama, poetry, and song, award-winning African-American poet, essayist, and political activist June Jordan tells a timeless love story, set in South Central L.A.

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African American poet, essayist, and activist Jordan's libretto for sometime minimalist composer John Adams' latest opera is as timely as this morning's headlines. Since the flashy Peter Sellars is directing the opera's world premier, it may make its own headlines. Adams' earlier operatic successes, Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, were based on high-profile world events, and Jordan's libretto concerns seven Americans who include such high-profile types as an illegal alien, a reformed gang member, a womanizing preacher, an insensitive white cop, and an overzealous newswoman. Structured as a series of solos and duets, Jordan's work never quite comes together into a single, coherent narrative. But then, that is the point: even before an earthquake shatters their world, her characters live intensely fragmented lives of not so quiet desperation. Libraries that need to collect libretti should not miss this one. Jack Helbig

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