June Jordan Poems
- The Talking Back Of Miss Valen...
- On a New Year's Eve Infinity doesn't interest me not ...
- Jim Crow: The Sequel We didn't always need affirmative ...
- Poem About Process And Progres... Hey Baby you betta hurry it ...
- A Poem Aabout Intelligence For...
- Poem For My Love How do we come to be here next to each other...
- Letter To The Local Police I have been enjoying the law and ...
June Millicent Jordan was a Caribbean-American poet, novelist, journalist, biographer, dramatist, teacher and committed activist. Jordan is regarded as one of the most significant and prolific black, bisexual writers of the 20th century. more »
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''... the victim accommodates to power. The victim doesn't want anymore [sic] trouble.''June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet, essayist, and social critic. On Call, ch. 4 (1985). Written in 1982.
If we lived in a democratic state our language would have to hurtle, fly, curse, and sing, in all the common American names, all the undeniable and representative and participating voices of everybody...June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet and social critic. On Call, ch. 4 (1985). Written in 1982, on schools' and other social institutions'...
''We are the wrong people of the wrong skin in the wrong continent and what in the hell is everybody being reasonable about?''June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. Passion.
I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depen...June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. Address, 1978, to the Black Writers' Conference, Howard University. "Where Is the Love?" Movi...
In America, the traditional routes to black identity have hardly been normal. Suicide (disappearance by imitation, or willed extinction), violence (hysterical religiosity, crime, armed revolt), and ex...June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. repr. In Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989). Black Studies: Bringing Back the Perso...
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The Talking Back Of Miss Valentine Jones: Poem # One
well I wanted to braid my hair
bathe and bedeck my
self so fine
so fully aforethought for
I wanted to travel and read
and runaround fantastic
into war and peace:
I wanted to
and be conquered
I wanted to pickup the phone
and find you asking me
if I might possibly be alone
(so I could answer cool
as the jewels I would wear
on bareskin for you
you comin ova?"
But I had to remember to write down
margarine on the ...