Lines for June in April


Begin by reading June Jordan’s “Notes on the Peanut.” Now, think of a person – real or imagined – who has been held out to you as an example of how to be of live, but who you have always had doubts about. Write a poem that exaggerates the supposedly admirable qualities of the person in a way that exposes your doubts.

Rock on, Rock on, June Jordan; go!
Write on, write on, we feel your pain!
You spit some lines against the Man,
And the Man buys them back again.

And your bad poems become a joke
A poorly-punctuated whine
Insulting readers— and the Muse;
An unpoetic party-line.

The trashy verse you vomit forth:
Makes poets nauseous at your name.
Your screeds are easy to ignore,
And makes one doubtful of your fame.


June Jordan

This Old Poem #3:

June Jordan’s April 10, 1999

Copyright © by Dan Schneider, 7/6/02

Ok. Now that I addressed another prompt hurled at me by the NaPoWriMo Matriarchy, I can post one of my own off–prompt.





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