Jordan's M.A.C. Notes - E 316, Berry, Spring 2009: Some...

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E 316, Berry, Spring 2009: Some Notes on A. Van Jordan, M A C N O L I A (W. W. Norton, 2004) Our visitor, poet Van Jordan, started off his talk by explaining his inspiration for writing poetry, and then for writing M a c n o l i a —for choosing a key event in a young girl’s upbringing as a subject for a collection of poetry. The contrast between her great potential—should racial barriers have not been so high and so unscaleable—and a life spent in “domestic” service and a troubled marriage is a narrative subject, and a life, that allows Jordan to write poetry about something else beside himself. (Compare his poetic exploration, story-wise, for example, with two other 20 th century poets we read, Ginsberg and Plath.) Within the “narrative” that the poems in his collection achieve as a whole, there are of course other issues close and personal to the poet: racial and gender equality, the “dream” America promises, the rhythms of love between couples
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2010 for the course E 316 K taught by Professor Cox during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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