With Soldier, world-renowned poet June Jordan presents a deeply personal memoir of her formative years in post-World War II Harlem, where she was raised the daughter of dirt-poor West Indian immigrants. June's first 12 years were at turns peaceful and tumultuous, sowing all the seeds of her later poetry.
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"This memoir sounds like the authentic memories of a child--a child from an intellectually rich environment severely lacking in affection. Vignettes range from a fishing trip to embarrassment at church as Robin Miles lends her voice to poet June Jordan's recollections of a rigorous education and brutal instruction at the hands of her father. As the child of West Indian immigrants, Jordan was expected to conduct herself with pride and self-discipline. Miles gives a masterful performance as she moves from a child's musings on life to the lyrical but often cruel tones of Jordan's father. As Jordan's memories unfold, details blend to explain how she attained success as a poet. Devastating and thought-provoking, this performance lingers in the mind long after the last tape ends. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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