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Brief Bio

June Jordan was born in New York City in 1936. Her books of poetry include Kissing God Goodbye: Poems, 1991-1997 (Anchor Books, 1997), Haruko/Love Poems (1994), Naming Our Destiny: New and Selected Poems (1989), Living Room (1985), Passion (1980), and Things That I Do in the Dark (1977). She is also the author of children's books, plays, a novel, and Poetry for the People: A Blueprint for the Revolution (1995), a guide to writing, teaching and publishing poetry. Her collections of political essays include Affirmative Acts: Political Essays (1998) and Technical Difficulties (1994). Basic Books published her memoir, Soldier: A Poet's Childhood, in 2000.

Jordan has received a Rockefeller Foundation grant, the National Association of Black Journalists Award, and fellowships from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where she founded Poetry for the People. June Jordan died of breast cancer on June 14, 2002, in Berkeley, California.

Poems - 15 in all


June Jordan

Poem for Bob
Poem for South African Women
Poem on the Death of Princess Diana
For Alice Walker (a summertime tanka)
What Great Grief Has Made the Empress Mute
Poem Against the Temptations of Ambivalence
The Talking Back of Miss Valentine Jones: Poem # one


These Poems
from Who look at me?
Poem about My Rights
Alla Tha's All Right, but
What Would I Do White
If You Saw a Negro Lady
One Minus One Minus One
Poem about Police Violence


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