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Pat Parker & Judy Grahn

[Pat Parker, 1944- 1989]

The only poetry album on Olivia.

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Pat Parker, 1989, by Robert Giard

Pat Parker, photo by Lynda Koolish      Judy Grahn


Listen to Pat Parker (Side One, 27:34), or Listen to Judy Grahn (Side Two, 28:02)

At the Rally prior to the March on Washington, in October 1979,
Pat Parker gave a famous reading, 2:46

Where Will You Be When They Come

This recording courtesy of John Frame

Extra Bonus:
Where Will You Be? - Nedra Johnson
from the 1998 CD "Testify"
inspired by Pat Parker & Audre Lorde (shown below right)

Nedra Johnson - Testify, 1997   



by Pat Parker

Below, VERY rare video of Parker reciting this poem


You know, some people got a lot of nerve.

Sometimes I don't believe the things I see and hear.

Have you met the woman who's shocked by two women
kissing and, in the same breath, tells you she is pregnant?

But gays, shouldn't be so blatant.

Or this straight couple sits next to you in a movie and you
can't hear the dialogue because of the sound effects?

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.

And the woman in your office who spends an entire lunch
hour talking about her new bikini drawers and how much
her husband likes them?

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.

Or the "hip" chick in your class rattling like a mile a minute,
while you're trying to get stoned in the john, about the
camping trip she took with her musician boyfriend?

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.

You go into a public bathroom and all over the walls there's "John
loves Mary", "Janice digs Richard", "Pepe loves Delores", etc., etc.

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.

Or your go to an amusement park and there's a tunnel of
love with pictures of straights painted on the front and
grinning couples are coming in and out?

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.

Fact is, blatant heterosexuals are all over the place.

Supermarkets, movies, on your job, in church, in books,
on television every day and night, every place--even in gay bars --
and they want gay men and woman to go and hide in the closet.

So to you straight folks I say, "Sure, I'll go if you go too.
But, I'm polite so, after you."


by Judy Grahn

How they came into the world,
the women-loving-women
came in three by three
and four by four
the women-loving-women
came in ten by ten
and ten by ten again
until there were more
than you could count

they took care of each other
the best they knew how
and of each other's children
if they had any.

How they lived in the world,
the women-loving-women
learned as much as they were allowed
and walked and wore their clothes
the way they liked
whenever they could. They did whatever
they knew to be happy or free
and worked and worked and worked.
The women-loved-women
in America were called dykes
and some liked it
and some did not.

they made love to each other
the best they knew how
and for the best reasons

How they went out of the world,
the women-loving-women
went out one by one
having withstood greater and lesser
trials, and much hatred
from other people, they went out
one by one, each having tried
in her own way to overthrow
the rule of men over women,
they tried it one by one
and hundred by hundred,
until each came in her own way
to the end of her life
and died.

The subject of lesbianism
is very ordinary; it's the question
of male domination that makes everybody