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Upon Realizing My Uncle is a Pedophile

After my best friend left, and we were in the clear, my uncle asked, “Is she good?” My friend was 15. I was 16. “Yeah, she’s good. She’s nice. . . Why?” I responded. “No,” he responded. “I mean, in … Continue reading

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Ceremonies

She borrowed my only copy of Essex Hemphill’s “Ceremonies,” a poetry collection, selling for $250, out of print. The cover, with two shirtless black men, had a slight white slanted crease from left to right. Otherwise, the pages were intact. … Continue reading

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Hurricane Malady #2

I could tell you about the wind and how it howled like a motherfucker in my ear with sweet mother tongue music, conjuring those that came before to protect from events soon to happen before me. But it didn’t start … Continue reading

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Card Counting #1: Talking to the Ancestors

“I used to have a racist Chinese friend who changed his name to sound more European. . .”–Stephen Earley Jordan II Continue reading

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A Poem for the Darth Vader in Black Boys

New poem by Stephen Earley Jordan II, author of “Gods Mourn Too” a collection of essays on writing, questions for thought. Continue reading

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Rejected: Taking a Chance With Your Writing

Five reasons why your writing may be rejected from publication. . . Continue reading

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Sudden Fiction: “Black Shine”

“. . . His thick hands held a sheet cake in a plastic rectangle container. Blackness chafed from his fingers, leaving a bit of the dark shine on the plastic container. . . ” Continue reading

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You were the remedy

You were the remedy– fierce and destructive, destroying life like Hurricane Maria, doling out blows to your children with unyielding winds, battering hope. She was expected to be the success story, the one to get you out of ‘this damn … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Make Your Writing Stand Out

New Essay, “5 Ways to Make Your Writing Stand Out” by Stephen Earley Jordan II #WritingTips #BlackAuthors #Literature #Poetry #Fiction Continue reading

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Perception is Reality

“Poem with Shakespearean and other literary references. . . ” Continue reading

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