9 July 1936 - 14 June 2002
On a New Year's Eve
The Talking Back Of Miss Valentine Jones: Poem # One
A Song For Soweto
... 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 here.
June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet and social critic. On Call, ch. 4 (1985). Written in 1982, on schools' and other social institutions' insistence upon "standard English."
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.
15 Aug 08:03
I like June Jordan's honest, outspoken poems, also the occasional tone of anger. She is a genuine poet, not saccharine or shallow.