Kwansaba for June Jordan

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Kwansaba for June Jordan

Kwansaba for June Jordan

Today’s poem, which packs a big punch in a small block, is perfect to carry in a pocket.

"Kwansaba for June Jordan" by Mary Weems

June Jordan would be dumping word bombs
on the White House like D-Day in
America, wailing verbs like an elder blues
singer, hitting that one right note each
night—If she wasn’t busy filling God
in on all the ways the world
needs to collect like clouds, rain change.

"Kwansaba for June Jordan" by Mary Weems from An Unmistakable Shade of Red and the Obama Chronicles. Bottom Dog Press, 2008. The collection was a finalist for an Ohioana Book Award. Used with permission of the author.

Dr. Mary Weems is a poet, playwright, imagination-intellect theorist, social foundations scholar and former Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights. Weems is the author and/or editor of ten books including two books of poems An Unmistakable Shade of Red and the Obama Chronicles (Bottom Dog Press, 2008) and For(e)closure (Main Street Rag Press, 2012) both finalists for Ohioana Book awards.