June Jordan

June Jordan

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June Millicent Jordan (July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002) was a Jamaican American, bisexual poet, essayist, teacher, and activist. In her writing she explored issues of gender, race, immigration, and representation. Jordan was passionate about using Black English in her writing and poetry, teaching others to treat it as its own language and an important outlet for expressing Black culture. Jordan was inducted on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor within the Stonewall National Monument in 2019.
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Dedicated to Myriam Díaz-Diocaretz
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I turn to my Rand McNally Atlas.
Europe appears right after the Map of the World.
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What will we do
when there is nobody left
to kill?
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How do we come to be here next to each other
in the night
Where are the stars that show us to our love
inevitable
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I never thought I’d keep a record of my pain
or happiness
like candles lighting the entire soft lace
of the air
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Even tonight and I need to take a walk and clear
my head about this poem about why I can’t
go out without changing my clothes my shoes
my body posture my gender identity my age
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A few years back and they told me Black
means a hole where other folks
got brain/it was like the cells in the heads
of Black children was out to every hour on the hour naps
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no more the chicken and the egg come
one of them
before the other
both
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Dear Sirs:
I have been enjoying the law and order of our
community throughout the past three months since
my wife and I, our two cats, and miscellaneous
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Washington, D.C.
At least it helps me to think about my son
a Leo/born to us
(Aries and Cancer) some
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Poem for Sriram Shamasunder
And All of Poetry for the People
It’s a sunlit morning
with jasmine blooming
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I
honey people murder mercy U.S.A.
the milkland turn to monsters teach
to kill to violate pull down destroy
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Dedicated to the 600,000 Palestinian men, women, and children who lived in Lebanon from 1948-1983.
I didn’t know and nobody told me and what
could I do or say, anyway?
They said you shot the London Ambassador
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You used to say, “June?
Honey when you come down here you
supposed to stay with me. Where
else?”
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