Here are a few of their poems:
The quietest time I ever remember in my life
was when they took off my leg.
Another quiet time is when you're with someone
And you're making love.
And when I hit the number and won eight hundred
That was quiet, very quiet.
Stenography is like a revelation.
Personal appearance is like a runner-up.
Because unless a stenographer looks as well
As the dictation she's taking
Her stenography is soon forgotten.
I was always quiet
And my mother always had to send my sisters into the
To see what made me so quiet.
I like green; I used to see so many greens
on the farm.
I used to wear green, and sometimes my mother
couldn't find me
Because I was green in the green.
I never told anybody that I drove away in a buggy
I never told anybody that I fell all the way downstairs-
I'm still crippled today
I never told anybody that I made a lot of pickles
I never told anybody that I sent a letter to the President
I never told anybody that I was in an airplane just flying
around the field
-Mary L. Jackson
When I was a little boy
and got beaten
It was quiet afterwards.