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"She remains a thinker and activist who 'insists upon complexity.' "Reamy Jansen, San Francisco Chronicle*Some of Us Did Not Die brings together a rich sampling of the late poet June Jordan's prose writings. The essays in this collection, which include her last writings and span the length of her extraordinary career, reveal Jordan as an incisive analyst of the personal and public costs of remaining committed to the ideal and practice of democracy. Willing to venture into the most painful contradictions of American culture and politics, Jordan comes back with lyrical honesty, wit, and wide-ranging intelligence in these accounts of her reckoning with life as a teacher, poet, activist, and citizen.
Denise Levertov fulfills the eternal mission of the true Poet: to be a receptacle of Divine Grace and a 'spendor of that Grace to humanity.' World Literature Today"
"Fables and Distances" "Haines writes like someone who has seen a part of the face of God, and who forever after remains both at peace and somewhat stunned.... To read Haines is to enter a clearing in the woods, to feel calmed, and that one was once here, centuries ago." Barry Lopez This remarkable collection showcases the full spectrum of the genius of John Haines. Through essays and letters, he reflects on the craft and value of poetry, the arts and their influence in public life, the creative spirit in art and literature, and wilderness and nature. Together, these pieces act as an homage and tribute to this singular force in literature. "If Alaska had not existed, Haines might well have invented it, so much do the observed elements of landscape correspond to a harshly powerful inner mythology. The terrifying fragility of consciousness as it confronts the bare and incommunicable presence of the physical world generates, early and late, a sense of uncanniness and awe, which Haines at his most characteristic transmutes into images of glacial terrain." "New York Newsday" "John Haines's spare, oracular lyrics feel as if they have come from a great distance. It behooves us to listen to a poet who deepens the silence around us and touches upon an ancient environmental wisdom ... splendidly odd, somberly beautiful." Edward Hirsch, "The New York Times Book Review" Poet, essayist, and teacher John Haines is the author of "The Stars, the Snow, the Fire" and" The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer," both published by Graywolf Press. He has received numerous awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Alaska Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Haines recently received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently lives in Alaska.
Essays discuss Hawthorne, Twain, Conrad, Hemingway, Faulkner, Melville, Whittier, Frost, and Coleridge.
Essays on poetry and society from the 1930's to the 1970's covering a wide variety of artists and issues from alchemy to jazz to Eastern influences on Western literature
Essays, letters, and speeches consider Black feminism, education, and the nature of poetry, as well as the problems of ghetto school systems, police violence, and radical riots
'A good essay must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.' According to Virginia Woolf, the goal of the essay 'is simply that it should give pleasure...It should lay us under a spell with its first word, and we should only wake, refreshed, with its last.' One of the best practitioners of the art she analysed so rewardingly, Woolf displayed her essay-writing skills across a wide range of subjects, with all the craftsmanship, substance, and rich allure of her novels. This selection brings together thirty of her best essays, including the famous 'Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown', a clarion call for modern fiction. She discusses the arts of writing and of reading, and the particular role and reputation of women writers. She writes movingly about her father and the art of biography, and of the London scene in the early decades of the twentieth century. Overall, these pieces are as indispensable to an understanding of this great writer as they are enchanting in their own right. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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