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Jordan, June    Poet's Biography
60 poems available by this author


1977: POEM FOR MRS. FANNIE LOU HAMER    Poem Text    
First Line: You used to say, “june?
Last Line: In a homemade field / of love
Subject(s): Hamer, Fannie Lou (1917-1977); United States - Race Relations


A POEM ABOUT INTELLIGENCE FOR MY BROTHERS & SISTERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A few years back and they told me black
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


A POEM ON MORAL LEADERSHIP AS A POLITICAL DILEMMA        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Morality; Cherry Trees; Ethics


A SONG FOR SOWETO    Poem Text    
First Line: At the throat of soweto
Last Line: With the song of soweto
Subject(s): Soweto, South Africa; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


ALLA THA'S ALL RIGHT, BUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Somebody come and carry me into a seven-day kiss
Last Line: Somebody come on and c arry me / over there!
Subject(s): Kisses


APOLOGIES TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN LEBANON    Poem Text    
First Line: I didn’t know and nobody told me and what
Last Line: I really am sorry
Subject(s): Lebanon; Palestine


APRIL 12TH, 1999        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Ethnic Cleansing; Balkan Conflicts (Kosovo)


APRIL 7TH, 1999    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Nothing is more cruel
Last Line: That she’s still alive
Subject(s): Balkan Conflicts (Kosovo); Ethnic Cleansing


BOSNIA, BOSNIA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Too bad / there is no oil
Last Line: Between her legs
Subject(s): Serbo-bosnian Conflict


DIRECTIONS FOR CARRYING EXPLOSIVE NUCLEAR WASTES THROUGH ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Enter the long island expressway at brookhaven
Last Line: And look out for the crazies.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Driving & Drivers; New York City; Nuclear Waste; Trucks & Trucking; Nuclear Freeze; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple; Teamsters; Truckers; Freight


DRAFT OF A RAP FOR WEN HO LEE        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Asian Americans - Chinese; Racism; Chinese In The United States; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


FIRST POEM AFTER SERIOUS SURGERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The breath continues but the breathing
Last Line: But silent now / and slow
Subject(s): Surgery


FOCUS IN REAL TIME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A bowl of rice
Last Line: A bowl of rice
Subject(s): Class Struggle; Rice


FOR ALICE WALKER (A SUMMERTIME TANKA)    Poem Text    
First Line: Redwood grove and war
Last Line: "you say, ""these sweet trees: this tree"
Subject(s): Walker, Alice (B. 1944); Congo (Republic); Sequoia Trees; Belgian Congo; Redwoods


FOR OUR BELOVED BARBARA CHRISTIAN, JUNE 19, 2000    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear barbara / dear sister
Subject(s): Christian, Barbara (1943-2000)


FROM AMERICA: A POEM IN PROCESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I was a horse
Last Line: To change anything at all
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Natural order is being restored
Last Line: Exploding like the seeds of a natural disorder
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FROM WAR AND MEMORY 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Daddy at the stove or sink. Large
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


I MUST BECOME A MENACE TO MY ENEMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I will no longer lightly walk behind
Last Line: I must become a menace to my enemies
Subject(s): Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


IF YOU SAW A NEGRO LADY    Poem Text    
Last Line: Happy birthday
Subject(s): African American - Women


IF YOU SAW A NEGRO LADY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): African Americans – Women


IN MEMORIAM: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.    Poem Text    
First Line: Honey people murder mercy u.S.A.
Last Line: More / and more
Subject(s): King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968)


IT'S HARD TO KEEP A CLEAN SHIRT CLEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It’s a sunlit morning
Last Line: It’s hard to keep a clean shirt clean
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Cleanliness


KOSOVO EXCHANGE, APRIL 11TH, 1999        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Balkan Conflicts (Kosovo)


LETTER TO THE LOCAL POLICE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been enjoying the law and order of our
Last Line: Respectfully yours
Subject(s): Police; Roses


MESSAGE FROM BELFAST FOR JUSTICE AND GERRY ADAMS        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Adams, Gerry (B. 1948); Belfast, Northern Ireland


MID-YEAR REPORT: FOR HARUKO    Poem Text    
First Line: By this time / 20,000 tusti had been slaughtered
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


NOVEMBER POEM FOR ALGERIA: 1996        Recitation by Author
First Line: I have seen concrete
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ON THE LOSS OF ENERGY (AND OTHER THINGS)    Poem Text    
First Line: No more the chicken and the egg come
Last Line: And so do I
Subject(s): Class Struggle; Racism; Social Commentary; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


ONE MINUS ONE MINUS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a first map of territory
Last Line: In this loneliness
Subject(s): Family Life; Solitude; Relatives


OUGHTA BE A WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Washing the floors to send you to college
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


POEM ABOUT MY RIGHTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Even tonight and I need to take a walk and clear
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


POEM ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me something
Last Line: You think the accident rate would lower subsequently
Subject(s): United States - Race Relations; Racism; African Americans; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Negroes; American Blacks


POEM AGAINST THE TEMPTATIONS OF AMBIVALENCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Quit? / save? / sign off? / are you sure?
Last Line: Are you sure?
Subject(s): Ambivalence


POEM FOR A YOUNG POET    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Most people search all
Last Line: Who talks to me
Subject(s): Faces


POEM FOR BOB    Poem Text    
First Line: Protected by a .357 / magnum out of sight
Last Line: Cheap / no tricks!!
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


POEM FOR HARUKO    Poem Text    
First Line: I never thought I’d keep a record of my pain
Last Line: Now I do
Subject(s): Desire


POEM FOR MY LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: How do we come to be here next to each other
Last Line: And breathing in the quiet air
Subject(s): Love


POEM FOR NANA    Poem Text    
First Line: What will we do / when there is nobody left / to kill?


POEM FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Our own shadows disappear at the feet of thousands
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; South Africa - Anti-apartheid Movement; Women


POEM OF COMMITMENT        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Bilingual Education


POEM ON THE DEATH OF PRINCESS DIANA    Poem Text    
First Line: At least she was riding
Last Line: About love
Subject(s): Diana, Princess Of Wales (1961-1997); Love


POEM TO TAKE BACK THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: What about moonlight
Last Line: What about the moonlight
Subject(s): Night; Moon; Bedtime


POEMS FOR BUDDY    Poem Text    
First Line: In that same beginning winter
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Sickness; Illness


PROBLEMS OF TRANSLATION: PROBLEMS OF LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I turn to my rand mcnally atlas
Last Line: Por la mañanita
Subject(s): Language; Social Commentary; Words; Vocabulary


SHOOTING THE DOG        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Dogs


SOMETHING LIKE A SONNET FOR PHILLIS MIRACLE WHEATLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Girl from the realm of birds florid and fleet
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Wheatley, Phillis (1753-1784); Black Heritage


SONG OF THE LAW ABIDING CITIZEN        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Food Stamps; Social Commentary


STUDY #2 FOR B.B.L.    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: So you're gone
Last Line: I need you back
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


THE BOMBING OF BAGDAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Began and did not terminate for 42 days
Last Line: With the dead
Subject(s): Gulf War (1991); Bagdad, Iraq; Air Raids; Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876); Operation Desert Storm (1991)


THE SNOW    Poem Text    


THE TALKING BACK OF MISS VALENTINE JONES: POEM # ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Well I wanted to braid my hair
Last Line: Your love
Subject(s): Love


THESE POEMS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Whoever I may become
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TORNADO WATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Thunder / more thunder
Subject(s): Tornadoes


WAR VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Something there is that sure must love a plane
Subject(s): War


WHAT GREAT GRIEF HAS MADE THE EMPRESS MUTE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Because it was raining outside the palace
Last Line: Because there was no rain in her vicinity
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Sorrow; Sadness


WHAT GREAT GRIEF HAS MADE THE EMPRESS MUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because it was raining outside the palace
Subject(s): Loss


WHAT WOULD I DO WHITE    Poem Text    
Last Line: That would be enough
Subject(s): African American - Women


WHAT WOULD I DO WHITE?    Poem Text    


WHO WOULD BE FREE, THEMSELVES MUST STRIKE THE BLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The cow could not stand up. The deadly river
Subject(s): Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb