June Jordan

June Jordan Poems

1.
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
...

2.
On a New Year's Eve

Infinity doesn't interest me

not altogether
anymore
...

3.
Jim Crow: The Sequel

We didn't always need affirmative action
When we broke this crazy land into farms
...

4.
Poem About Process And Progress

Hey Baby you betta
hurry it up!
Because
...

5.
It’s Hard To Keep A Clean Shirt Clean

It’s a sunlit morning
with jasmine blooming
easily
...

June Jordan Quotes

11 November 2014

... the victim accommodates to power. The victim doesn't want anymore [sic] trouble.

11 November 2014

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 exemplary moral courage; none of these is normal.

11 November 2014

As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth—whatever the truth may be—that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.

11 November 2014

Overall, white men run America. From nuclear armaments to the filth and jeopardy of New York City subways to the cruel mismanagement of health care, is there anything to boast about?

11 November 2014

... the courts cannot garnish a father's salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat.

June Jordan Comments

spoutnik 11 September 2019

y tu vieja queeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Michael Walker 15 August 2018

I like June Jordan's honest, outspoken poems, also the occasional tone of anger. She is a genuine poet, not saccharine or shallow.

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June Jordan Biography

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.

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