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March 21, 2021


I remember when she died, and I felt as if I hadn't known about her early enough, and then she was gone. But her spirit remains, and we see it in this poem. I love the language and the rhyme, which may appear simple but isn't. The video is really good. But 3 minutes with June Jordan isn't long enough.

Omg this is so fine

Great poem and wonderful to hear how she wrote poems for her friends!

Thanks for the comment, Chris.

This stands alone, as all exceptional poems do, but it can also serve as an inspired choice of entryway into the overall brilliance of June Jordan’s verse. “The Reception” made me think of “Calling on All Silent Minorities,” a nine-line poem revealing Jordan’s ability to be brief without falling short, and “Poem about My Rights,” in which her 114 lines move insistently and lithely without any punctuation. It is a tour de force, a feat of precise lineation in rhythmic service to stunning content. I can’t shake free of it, nor would I want to.

“The Reception” set all this in motion for me. Kudos to June for writing it and to Terence for selecting it.

Lovely imaginative passion at work in the poem, and all the qualities of a lovely serious humorous alert human being and poet in that interview.

Eamon: Thanks for the comment.

Really wonderful. Thanks, Terence

Glad you liked it, Phyllis.

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