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The last stanza in June Jordan’s “Moving Towards Home” changed my life. I remember feeling validated by her statement. She dared speak of transformation, or re-birth, of a deep understanding of humanity. The essence of being Spirit, something no label can touch. 2.  I can voice my ideas without hesitation or fear because I am speaking, finally, about myself. I am black and I am female and I am a mother and I am bisexual and I am a nationalist and I am an anti-nationalist. And I mean to be fully and freely all that I am! June Jordan was also outspoken, when it came to sexual matters. In her July 1991 Progressive magazine column, “Just Inside the Door” Jordan presented the essay,“ A New Politics of Sexuality.” She made three statements: 3.  Bisexuality means I am free and I am as likely to want and to love a woman as I am likely to want and to love a man, and what about that? Isn’t that what freedom implies? In 1994, while editing my anthology, In Search of Color Everywhere, I wanted to include poems I felt were essential for understanding everything from black history to black love and black achievement. I wanted authors to be represented by work that would be instructional to a mother or father reading to his or her child in the evening hours. I wanted the book to provide poems that might simply remind the reader of the complexity of black identity. I examined Jordan’s poetry looking for work that would be timeless or at least survive many winters in America. BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE 1. I believe the Politics of Sexuality is the most ancient and probably the most profound arena for human conflict. 53 Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad used Jordan’s words for the title of her first book, Born Palestinian, Born Back. In her author’s note, Hammad wrote: