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
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."