June Jordan

(9 July 1936 - 14 June 2002 / United States)

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  • Michael Walker (8/15/2018 8:03:00 PM)

    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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Best Poem of June Jordan

Jim Crow: The Sequel

An angry Black woman on the subject of the angry White man:

We didn't always need affirmative action
When we broke this crazy land into farms
when we planted and harvested the crops
when we dug into the earth for water
when we carried that water into the
big house kitchens and bedrooms
when we built that big house
when we fed and clothed other people's
children with food we cooked and
served to other people's children, wearing
the garments that we fitted and we sewed
together, when we hacked and hauled
huge trees for lumber and fuel, when we
washed...

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A Song For Soweto

At the throat of Soweto
a devil language falls
slashing
claw syllables to shred and leave
raw
the tongue of the young
girl
learning to sing
her own name

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