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By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language; every human use of words that is joyful, or honest or new, because experience is new... But as a Black poet and writer, I hate words that cancel my name and my history and the freedom of my future: I hate the words that condemn and refuse the language of my people in America.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody: we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify. And we will have to allow them the choice, without fear of death: that they may come and do likewise or that they may come and that we will follow them, that a little child will lead us back to the child we will always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for love and for beauty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people's formulations of what's important.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

A democratic state is not proven by the welfare of the strong but by the welfare of the weak.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I believe that love is the single, true prosperity of any moment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I do believe that the analogy for bisexuality is a multicultural, multi-ethnic, multiracial world view. Bisexuality follows from such a perspective and leads to it, as well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

All of Western tradition, from the late bloom of the British Empire right through the early doom of Vietnam, dictates that you do something spectacular and irreversible whenever you find yourself in or whenever you impose yourself upon a wholly unfamiliar situation belonging to somebody else. Frequently it's your soul or your honor or your manhood, or democracy itself, at stake.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

As a child I was taught that to tell the truth was often painful. As an adult I have learned that not to tell the truth is more painful, and that the fear of telling the truth - whatever the truth may be - that fear is the most painful sensation of a moral life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

The United States Supreme Court, once a reliable if ultimate recourse for progressive and even revolutionary grievances, has become a retrograde wellspring for enormous economic and social distress.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

A man is not a tree'...If we remain where we start from we will neither grow nor flourish.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

That a little child will lead us back to the child we will always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for love and for beauty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

... if your heart and your honest body can be controlled by the state, or controlled by community taboo, are you not then, and in that case, no more than a slave ruled by outside force? What tyranny could exceed a tyranny that dictates to the human heart, and that attempts to dictate the public career of an honest human body?

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Reproductive choice is not some trendy item to toss or keep around the house. If you cannot get an education or a job, if you cannot choose what will or will not happen with your own body, then what freedom do you have?

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

To begin is no more agony than opening your hand.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I am the history of the rejection of who I am

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

If any of us hopes to survive, she must meet the extremity of the American female condition with immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Self-determination has to mean that the leader is your individual gut, and heart, and mind or we're talking about power, again, and its rather well-known impurities. Who is really going to care whether you live or die and who is going to know the most intimate motivation for your laughter and your tears is the only person to be trusted to speak for you and to decide what you will or will not do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

The courts cannot garnish a fathers 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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Americans have begun to understand that trouble does not start somewhere on the other side of town. It seems to originate inside the absolute middle of the homemade cherry pie.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

One of the reasons I came to Berkeley was because I saw so many students of all different colors speaking so many different languages and ferociously presenting all these different views. I thought, this is the 21st century and I want to be here!

By Anonym 16 Sep

June Jordan

I try to use words, whether in prose or poetry, that people can understand, that make them feel in an intense way. I'm a writer, that's what I do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

As I am a poet I express what I believe, and I fight against whatever I oppose, in poetry.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

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?

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

My heart is not peripheral to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Body and soul, Black America reveals the extreme questions of contemporary life, questions of freedom and identity: How can I be who I am?

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

To tell the truth is to become beautiful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

We survive our love because we go on loving.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

... the histories of Blacks and Jews in bondage and out of bondage, have been blood histories pursued through our kindred searchings for self-determination. Let this blood be a stain of honor that we share. Let us not now become enemies to ourselves and to each other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

South Africa used to seem so far away. Then it came home to me. It began to signify the meaning of white hatred here. That was what the sheets and the suits and the ties covered up, not very well. That was what the cowardly guys calling me names from their speeding truck wanted to happen to me, to all of me: to my people. That was what would happen to me if I walked around the corner into the wrong neighborhood. That was Birmingham. That was Brooklyn. That was Reagan. That was the end of reason. South Africa was how I came to understand that I am not against war; I am against losing the war.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Behold the heart and mind of Angela Davis: open, relentless, and on time! She is as radiant, she is as true, as that invincible sunrise she means means means to advance With all of the faith and all of the grace of her entirely devoted life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Maybe the purpose of being here, wherever we are, is to increase the durability and occasions of love among and between peoples.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

It means to educate myself incessantly about the world around me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Revolution always unfolds inside an atmosphere of rising expectations.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

My father was both the person who gave me reason to learn how to fight and the one who taught me the basics of fighting. He would tell me that if it was a big fight, it would probably be uneven, it wouldn't be fair

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody: we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

That attitude that fighting is probably not fair, but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy, has been profoundly consequential as far as my political activism goes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

June Jordan

Freedom is indivisible, and either we are working for freedom or you are working for the sake of your self-interests and I am working for mine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

June Jordan

Sometimes we become so sophisticated we have to read the New York Times in order to figure out whether it's a hot or a rainy day.

By Anonym 15 Sep

June Jordan

The music of language became extremely important to me, and obvious to me. By the time I was seven I was writing myself. I was a poet