June Jordan

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

June Jordan Quotes

  • ''Let me just say, at once: I am not now nor have I ever been a white man. And, leaving aside the joys of unearned privilege, this leaves me feeling pretty good ...''
    June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet and social critic. On Call, ch. 10 (1985). Written in 1984.
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  • ''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?''
    June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet, essayist, and social critic. On Call, ch. 5 (1985). Written in 1982.
  • ''... 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 (b. 1936), U.S. poet, essayist, and social critic. On Call, ch. 3 (1985). Written in 1981, on the refusal of American law courts to enforce child support orders and agreements, although they did enforce installment-payment contracts. Jordan's own husband had left her and their eight-year-old child for another woman.

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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
your pleasure
see:
I wanted to travel and read
and runaround fantastic
into war and peace:
I wanted to
surf
dive
fly
climb
conquer
and be conquered
THEN
I wanted to pickup the phone
and find you asking me
if I might possibly be alone
some night
(so I could answer cool
as the jewels I would wear
on bareskin for you
digmedaddy delectation:)
"WHEN
you comin ova?"
But I had to remember to write down
margarine on the ...

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July 4, 1974

Washington, D.C.

At least it helps me to think about my son
a Leo/born to us
(Aries and Cancer) some
sixteen years ago
in St. John’s Hospital next to the Long Island
Railroad tracks
Atlantic Avenue/Brooklyn

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