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


12:01 A.M. FOR HARUKO       
First Line: Rushing like white
Last Line: The whole night sky denies me light %without you


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


1980: NOTE TO THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS       
First Line: Dear ladies


1981: ON CALL       
First Line: And even as you light


23-OCT-83       
First Line: The way she played the piano
Last Line: In that gathering %that water
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians


3 FOR KIMAKO       
First Line: Kimako baraka


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


ABOUT THE REUNION       
First Line: I am rarely vindictive but
Last Line: And I do not move %and you leave


ADDENDA TO THE PAPAL BULL       
First Line: The pope thinks


ADRIENNE'S POEM: ON THE DIALECTICS OF THE DIATONIC SCALE       
First Line: Supposing everytime I hit this key


AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE       
First Line: Maybe you thought I would forget
Last Line: If %I could %I would


ALL THE WORLD MOVED       
First Line: All the world moved next to me strange
Last Line: I survived his innocence %without my own


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


ANOTHER POEM ABOUT THE MAN       
First Line: The man who brought you the garbage can


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


APOLOGIES TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN LEBANON       
First Line: I didn't know and nobody told me and what


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


ARGUMENT WITH THE BUDDHA       
First Line: We agree %about the suffering
Last Line: Nothing %for sure


ASSAILANT: ANTONIO MOORE       
First Line: You were hungry and she


ATLANTIC COAST REGGAE       
First Line: See what the man have done


BEIRUT JOKEBOOK       
First Line: 1. June 8, 1982: this is not an invasion


BIG CITY HAPPENING FOR HARUKO       
First Line: Try exquisite in the new york concept
Last Line: With the highway wonder %of your eyes


BIRTHDAY IN PARIS       
First Line: Move the buffalo
Last Line: Weight and wings one face


BOMBING OF BAGHDAD       
First Line: Began and did not terminate for 42 days
Last Line: Sing to join the living %with the dead


BOSNIA BOSNIA       
First Line: Too bad %there is no oil
Last Line: There is no oil %between her legs


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


BRIDGET SONG #1       
First Line: Late in the day and near
Last Line: The shadow of a shining %sound


CAMPSITE #21       
First Line: Next to so many stars
Last Line: Of the sun %and glided by


CASE IN POINT       
First Line: A friend of mine who raised six daughters and
Last Line: He was being rhetorical. %my silence was peculiar %to the female


CEDAR TREES OF LEBANON       
First Line: Bursting soft but kept by the structure of a spine


CHRISTMAS POEM       
First Line: Clouds flying across the sky
Last Line: Wherever it lands


CLOCK ON HANCOCK STREET       
First Line: In the wintertime my father wears a hat
Last Line: Where my mother used to walk %and talk to him


DELIZA QUESTIONING PERPLEXITIES       
First Line: If dustin hoffman prove


DELIZA SPEND THE DAY IN THE CITY       
First Line: Deliza drive the car to fetch alexis


DES MOINES IOWA RAP       
First Line: So his wife and his daughters could quality


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


EASTER COMES TO THE EAST COAST: 1981       
First Line: Don't you worry about a thing


ECLIPSE OF 1996       
First Line: Everybody out of the house!
Last Line: To miss that wouldya?


EVIDENTLY LOOKING AT THE MOON REQUIRES A CLEAN PLACE       
First Line: The forest dwindling narrow and irregular
Last Line: So sexy %chewing up the grass


FACT SHEETS FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: No matter how I dawdle
Last Line: For love %(to keep)


FEMALE AND THE SILENCE OF A MAN       
First Line: And now she knows: the big fist shattering her face
Last Line: A lovely girl protected by her cruel/incandescent energies


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


FIRST POEM AFTER SERIOUS SURGERY       
First Line: The breath continues but the breathing
Last Line: But silent now %and slow


FIRST POEM FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE: TEOTECACINTE       
First Line: Can you say teotecacinte


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


FOCUS IN REAL TIME       
First Line: A bowl of rice %as food
Last Line: Who will want to own the land %a bowl of 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 CHRISTOPHER       
First Line: Tonight the machinery of shadow
Last Line: A man inside the boy %practically asleep


FOR HARUKO       
First Line: Little moves on sight
Last Line: Of dust and other death


FOR MY MOTHER / I WOULD WRITE A LIST       
Last Line: Balloon eclipsed by seminal %and nubile %loving


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


FOR OUR BELOVED BARBARA CHRISTIAN, JUNE 19, 2000       
First Line: Dear barbara %dear sister
Last Line: And so I offer, here, this salute %with so much love
Subject(s): Christian, Barbara (1943-2000)


FOURTH POEM FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE: REPORT FROM THE FRONTIER       
First Line: Gone gone gone ghost


FREE FLIGHT       
First Line: Nothing fills me up at night
Last Line: Anyway %I'm working on it


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 AMERICA: A POEM IN PROCESS       
First Line: I wish I was a horse
Last Line: To change anything at all?
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE: PHOTOGRAPH OF MANAGUA       
First Line: The man is not cute


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


FROM THE TALKING BACK OF MISS VALENTINE JONES: POEM # ONE       
First Line: Well I wanted to braid my hair
Last Line: Cause what I wanted was %your love


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


FROM WAR AND MEMORY 1       
First Line: Daddy at the stove or sink. Large
Last Line: My daddy chasing %after me
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


GHAFLAH       
First Line: Grief scrapes at my skin
Last Line: Wanted to touch %much


GHAZAL AT FULL MOON       
First Line: I try to describe how this aching begins or how it
Last Line: Indian indian indian indian indian indian indian


GRACE       
First Line: To end my pestering my friend


GRAND ARMY PLAZA       
First Line: The tall man and myself tonight
Last Line: We survive our love %because we go on %loving


GREENSBORO: NORTH CAROLINA       
First Line: We %studying the rule


HAIKU FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: Lover help me love
Last Line: Rain carry me home


HAIKU FOR THE WOULD-BE KILLERS OF A TEACHER       
First Line: You cut down that tree
Last Line: Roots to bless that dirt


HERE       
First Line: The words sliding from the large glass table


HOME: JANUARY 29, 1984       
First Line: I can tell


I AM NO MORE AND I AM NO LESS       
First Line: As the lebanese disqualify the lebanese


I AM THE FALLEN / I AM THE CLIFF       
First Line: After the last building the black and green river


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


I MUST BECOME A MENACE TO MY ENEMIES       
First Line: I will no longer lightly walk behind
Last Line: I must become a menace to my enemies


ICHIBAN       
First Line: Good bye. I do not choose
Last Line: Spirit riveted in fire %ichiban %good bye


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


IF YOU SAW A NEGRO LADY       
Last Line: Into surprise observing %happy birthday
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


IN MEMORIAM POEM FOR MRS. FANNIE LOU HAMER       
First Line: You used to say, june
Last Line: In a homemade field %of love


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)


IN MEMORIAM: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.       
First Line: Honey people murder mercy u.S.A
Last Line: Bleach the blacklong lunging %ritual of fright insanity and more %deplorable abortion %more and %mor


INAUGURAL ROSE       
First Line: Wanting to stomp down eighth avenue snow
Last Line: Will not lie %to you


INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE U.S.A.       
First Line: I wanted to tell you about july 4th


INTIFADA       
First Line: In detention
Last Line: Allahu akbar: allah is the greatest


INTIFADA INCANTATION:       
First Line: I said I loved you and I wanted
Last Line: In the mouth of the sun


IT'S ABOUT YOU: ON THE BEACH       
First Line: You have %two hands absolutely lean and clean
Last Line: Your body is a long black wing


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


JULY 4, 1984: FOR BUCK       
First Line: You would shrink back %jump up


KISSING GOD GOODBYE       
First Line: You mean to tell me on the 12th day or the 13th
Last Line: Becomes (at last) %our own


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


LEAVES BLOW BACKWARD       
First Line: Leaves blow backward with the wind
Last Line: Learns to kiss by speaking %among aliens


LEBANON LEBANON: I       
First Line: Faces I have never seen before
Last Line: Livid %how


LEBANON LEBANON: II       
First Line: I would have loved
Last Line: What he will never see %again


LEBANON LEBANON: III       
First Line: As usual %I have to ask
Last Line: Delivering a river %we can drink


LEBANON LEBANON: IV       
First Line: Behold the woolly lamb
Last Line: The miracle of suffering %without defeat


LETTER TO HARUKO FROM DECORAH, IOWA, USA       
First Line: In this white space this american
Last Line: Longing for the sky


LETTER TO MRS. VIRGINIA THOMAS, WIFE OF WHATZHISNAME LAMENTABLY       
First Line: And here I thought I hated him!
Last Line: Now isn't it: %you never know!


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


LULLABY       
First Line: As suddenly as love


MARCH SONG       
First Line: Snow knuckles melted to pearls


MENDOCINO MEMORY FOR HARUKO       
First Line: Half moon %cold and low above the poplar tree
Last Line: Or the next %to hide


MENU       
First Line: We got crispy chicken


MERRY-GO-AROUND POETRY       
First Line: For one second there
Last Line: Would not subside %or disappear


MESSAGE FROM BELFAST FOR JUSTICE AND FOR GERRY ADAMS       
First Line: At 4 a.M. %I imagine you somewhere safe
Last Line: I have lost and found myself %at home


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


MID-YEAR REPORT: FOR HARUKO       
First Line: By this time %20,000 tusti had been slaughtered
Last Line: Remember what %exactly
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


MORNING ON THE MOUNTAINS       
First Line: The morning on the mountains where the mist
Last Line: As sweet as the opening %of your mouth


MOVING TOWARDS HOME       
First Line: I do not wish to speak about the bulldozer and the


NEW PIETA: FOR THE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN OF DETROIT       
First Line: They wait like darkness not becoming stars
Last Line: She and her knees lock slowly closed (a burning door) %not to continue as they bled before %he moves


NEW YEAR FOR HARUKO       
First Line: Here comes the dragon
Last Line: Here come the shoes


NIGHTLINE: SEPTEMBER 20, 1982       
First Line: I know it's an unfortunate way to say it, but


NO POEM BECAUSE TIME IS NOT A NAME       
First Line: But beyond the
Last Line: This is not %a poem


NOBODY RIDING THE ROADS TODAY       


NOT LOOKING       
First Line: Not looking now and then I find you here
Last Line: Covered my eyes dreaming about music


NOTES ON THE PEANUT       
First Line: Hi there. My name is george


NOTES TOWARDS HOME       
First Line: My born on 99th street uncle when he went to canada


NOVEMBER       
First Line: Given those leaves why should I complain


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


OCTOBER SNOWPEA POEM       
First Line: So as the sun declines below detroit
Last Line: Of no pain/no pain %whatsoever


OF NIGHTSONG AND FLIGHT       
First Line: There are things lovely and dangerous still
Last Line: Of the world everywhere


ON A NEW YEAR'S EVE       
First Line: Infinity doesn't interest me
Last Line: All things are dear %that disappear


ON LIFE AFTER LIFE       
First Line: If you take three or four tulips from a cold


ON MY HAPPY/MATRIMONIAL CONDITION       
First Line: Last time I got married was
Last Line: Last time I ever %get %married


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


ON THE REAL WORLD: MEDITATION #1       
First Line: 5 shirts


ON YOUR LOVE       
First Line: Beloved where I have been
Last Line: A stranger %to myself


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


ONESIDED DIALOG       
First Line: Ok. So she got back the baby
Last Line: The problem is nobody wants to steal me or my %house


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


OUGHTA BE A WOMAN       
First Line: Washing the floors to send you to college
Last Line: Too much of a task for any one woman
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights


PHOENIX MYSTERY #1       
First Line: The thing about fire
Last Line: But irreducible among the burning ruins


PHOENIX MYSTERY #2 FOR HARUKO       
First Line: The thing about fire
Last Line: And serious (and imperious) %again


POEM # 2 FOR INAUGURAL ROSE       
First Line: Calling you from my kitchen to the one where you cook
Last Line: And to surprise %me


POEM #1 FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: 5 months %eighteen days
Last Line: So maybe %that's the plan?


POEM #3 FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: Volcanic particles %between the moon and me
Last Line: Like a true blue love


POEM #4 FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: At this beach where the water
Last Line: Light as the river %light


POEM #6 FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: One room away you sleep or do not wake
Last Line: With all my world %at stake


POEM #7 FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: Baby %when you reach out
Last Line: I do try to remember %to breathe


POEM #9 FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: I could as soon forget
Last Line: (apparently all) %about me


POEM ABOUT A NIGHT OUT: MICHAEL: GOOD-BYE FOR AWHILE       
First Line: There ahd been death there had been fire
Last Line: Will you be mi-ine %and %didn't you never %never %sit down!


POEM ABOUT HEARTBREAK THAT GO ON AND ON       
First Line: Bad love last like a big
Last Line: And never change itself %into a butterfly


POEM ABOUT INTELLIGENCE FOR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS       
First Line: A few years back and they told me black
Last Line: I do guess %that's genius for you
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


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 MY RIGHTS       
First Line: Even tonight and I need to take a walk and clear
Last Line: My simple and daily and nightly self-determination %may very well cost you your life
Subject(s): Homosexuality


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 ABOUT PROCESS AND PROGRESS FOR HARUKO       
First Line: Hey baby you betta
Last Line: All the time %real nice


POEM ABOUT THE HEAD OF A NEGRO       
First Line: Up the shaken stairway
Last Line: Down into the candle of the blood


POEM AFTER RECEIVING VOICEMAIL FROM YOU AFTER (I DON'T EVEN KNOW       
First Line: Your voice and the weighted
Last Line: Meanings %of your call


POEM AGAINST THE STATE (OF THINGS): 1975       
First Line: Wherever I go (these days
Last Line: No more and never again! %amen. %amen


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 AT THE END OF THE THIRD YEAR       
First Line: Free from an earlier debility
Last Line: Keeps me %going


POEM BECAUSE THE 1996 U.S. POET LAWREATE TOLD THE SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: So the man said
Last Line: Beautiful, also, are the souls %of my people.


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 A YOUNG POET       
First Line: Most people search all
Last Line: Standing %in your tears


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 DANA       
First Line: Back in minneapolis I became convinced


POEM FOR DERRICK GILBERT       
First Line: How many indians?
Last Line: How many indians left?


POEM FOR ETEL ADNAM WHO WRITES: SO WE SHALL SAY       
First Line: I am alone


POEM FOR GUATEMALA       
First Line: No matter how loudly I call you the sound of your name


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 HARUKO       
First Line: All day I did things fast
Last Line: As I could ever hope %to be


POEM FOR HARUKO       
First Line: I never thought I'd keep a record of my pain
Last Line: Alone and longing for you %now I do


POEM FOR HARUKO 10/29       
First Line: Because %it's about my anger
Last Line: Near to my eager ears %again


POEM FOR JONATHAN       
First Line: Land cloven by the water


POEM FOR JOY DEDICATED TO THE CREEK TRIBE OF NORTH AMERICA       
First Line: Dreaming colorado where the whole earth rises
Last Line: Impossibility? She will


POEM FOR MARK       
First Line: England, I thought, will look like africa
Last Line: I knew that one of them %is you


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 MY LOVE       
First Line: How do we come to be here next to each other
Last Line: And breathing in the quiet air


POEM FOR MY PRETTY MAN       
First Line: The complexity is like your legs
Last Line: Kissing %inch by inch


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


POEM FOR NANA       
First Line: What will we do
Last Line: You and I %become the river


POEM FOR NANA       
First Line: What will we do %when there is nobody left %to kill?
Last Line: God knows I hope he's right
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


POEM FOR NICARAGUA       
First Line: So little I could hold the edges


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 FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN       
First Line: Our own shadows disappear at the feet of thousands
Last Line: We are the ones we have been waiting for
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters; South Africa - Anti-apartheid Movement; Women


POEM FOR THE POET SARA MILES       
First Line: Not quite enough starlight lets me write


POEM IN MEMORY OF ALAN SCHINDLER, 22 YEARS OLD       
First Line: Except for the tattoo
Last Line: Thank god! %except for the tattoo


POEM NUMBER TWO ON BELL'S THEOREM OR THE NEW PHYSICALITY       
First Line: There is no chance that we will fall apart
Last Line: There are no parts


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 ON THE QUANTUM MECHANICS OF BREAKFAST WITH HARUKO       
First Line: Sutter and stockton/one block north of union
Last Line: Into the not quite neutral air %between us


POEM ON THE ROAD, FOR ALICE WALKER       
First Line: Once in awhile


POEM TO CONTINUE A CONVERSATION       
First Line: Changing through the day
Last Line: Just %face it


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


POEM TOWARDS A FINAL SOLUTION       
First Line: In a press conference this afternoon the secretary


POEM WRITTEN TO THE HEAVY RAIN THROUGH THE TREES       
First Line: Where are you


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


POEMS FOR BUDDY       
First Line: In that same beginning winter
Last Line: With our own %open eyes
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


POOR FORM       
First Line: That whole way to delphi


POSTSCRIPT FOR HARUKO: ON WAR AND PEACE       
First Line: How still these oak and maple trees stand
Last Line: It's like hurricane %in english


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


PROBLEMS OF TRANSLATION: PROBLEMS OF LANGUAGE       
First Line: I turn to my rand mcnally atlas


QUEEN ANNE'S LACE       
First Line: Unseemly as a marvelous an astral renegade
Last Line: Arouse alive %a suffering


REAGAN ERA POEM IN MEMORY OF SCARLET O'HARA       
First Line: As god is my witness, so help me god


RECEPTION       
First Line: Doretha wore the short blue lace last night
Last Line: A true gut-funky blues to make her really dance


RELATIVITY       
First Line: It's 5 after 4 a.M. And nothing but my own


RESOLUTION # 1003       
First Line: I will love who loves me
Last Line: I will be nobody's fool


RICHARD WRIGHT WAS WRONG       


ROMAN POEM NUMBER FIVE       
First Line: This is a trip that strangers make
Last Line: Whoever you are %whoever I may become


ROMAN POEM NUMBER FOURTEEN       
First Line: Believe it love
Last Line: Believe %believe it


ROMAN POEM NUMBER NINE       
First Line: Return is not a way of going forward
Last Line: Heart will turn away


ROMAN POEM NUMBER TEN       
First Line: Quarter past midnight and the sea
Last Line: Loose and cold %let go


ROMAN POEM NUMBER THIRTEEN FOR EDDIE       
First Line: Only our hearts will argue hard
Last Line: Breaks very close to me my love


ROMAN POEM NUMBER TWO       
First Line: Toward the end of twenty minutes


ROMANCE IN IRONY       
First Line: I would risk ticks
Last Line: And do not dream and do not sleep


ROOTS FOR A.B.T.       
First Line: There is something wonderful about the limits of a tree


RUNAWAY LIL BIT POEM       
First Line: Sometimes deliza get so crazy she omit


SAFE       
First Line: The tio escondido at night


SECOND POEM FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE: WAR ZONE       
First Line: On the night road from el rama the cows


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


SHORT TAKES       
First Line: Somebody works up a sweat
Last Line: This spiral spins slow


SNOW       
Subject(s): Homosexuality


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


SOMETHING LIKE A SONNET FOR PHILLIS MIRACLE WHEATLEY       
First Line: Girl from the realm of birds florid and fleet
Last Line: Your early verse sweetens the fame of our race
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Wheatley, Phillis (1753-1784)


SOMETIMES CLARITY COMES IN THE DARK       
First Line: I turn my body to the side
Last Line: Close %to me


SONG FOR SOWETO       
First Line: At the throat of soweto


SONG OF SOJOURNER TRUTH       
First Line: The trolley cars was rollin and the passengers all white
Last Line: Talkin all that kinda truth


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


SONG OF THE LAW ABIDING CITIZEN       
First Line: So hot so hot so hot so what


SONNET FOR A.B.T.       
First Line: But one of these wednesdays everything could work
Last Line: My love: seen or unseen


SPECULATIONS ON THE PRESENT THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE PAST       
First Line: At 29 %I climbed on a motorcycle
Last Line: On my side %of the water


STORY FOR TUESDAY       
First Line: Into the gnat infested twilight of the woods


STUDY #1       
First Line: Let me be %very
Last Line: Lost above your lips (please baby please)


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


STUDY #2 FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: So you're gone
Last Line: I need you back!


SUNFLOWER SONNET NUMBER ONE       
First Line: But if I tell you how my heart swings wide
Last Line: But don't you be the one to choose me: poor


SUNFLOWER SONNET NUMBER TWO       
First Line: Supposing we could just go on and on as two
Last Line: And there are stars, but none of you, to spare


TAIKO DOJO MESSAGES FROM HARUKO       
First Line: No! No!
Last Line: No! No! %no!


TANKA METAPHORS OR NOT FOR B.B.L.       
First Line: Rose-tinged waters break
Last Line: Love past ache alive at last


TANKA TRIO: I       
First Line: Fallen on the street
Last Line: Big change always pass her by


TANKA TRIO: II       
First Line: El campesino
Last Line: Darkness cover him with rain


TANKA TRIO: III       
First Line: What I need right now
Last Line: Body surf a new wave fast.


TEST OF ATLANTA 1979       
First Line: What kind of a person would kill black children


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


THIS IS A POEM ABOUT VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO       
First Line: In vieques %'the ocean is closed on mondays'
Last Line: The point of this movie %is %a pretty rough fuck


TO SING A SONG OF PALESTINE       
First Line: All the natural wonders that don't grow there


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


TORNADO WATCH       
First Line: Thunder %more thunder
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TOWARD A CITY THAT SINGS       
First Line: Into the topaz the crystalline signals
Last Line: For your possible %discovery


UNCLE BULL-BOY       
First Line: His brother after dinner
Last Line: Soon the bubbles from his glass %were the only bits of charm%which overcame his folded arms


UPDATE FOR HARUKO       
First Line: More than two months since a carousel of misery
Last Line: Still I am burning unconditional for you


VERSE AFTER LISTENING TO BARTOK PLAY BARTOK A SECOND TIME       
First Line: Now %and then


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


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


WEDDING       
First Line: Tyrone married her this afternoon
Last Line: Brave enough %but only two


WEST COAST EPISODE       
First Line: Eddie hung a light globe with the best electric
Last Line: The world was mostly %dry


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 GREAT GRIEF HAS MADE THE EMPRESS MUTE       
First Line: Because it was raining outside the palace
Last Line: Because there was no rain in her vicinity
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    


WHAT WOULD I DO WHITE?       
Last Line: I would do nothing. %that would be enough
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


WHEN I OR ELSE       
First Line: When I or else when you
Last Line: Yes directed by desire


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


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


YOU CAME WITH SHELLS       
First Line: You came with shells. And left them
Last Line: Will tell about the howling %and the loss