Many times, I have published a Judy Jones poem
on the front page of Street Spirit as a testimony
that her poems help reveal the realities of homelessness
at a depth surpassing many of our news articles
on the same subject.
The eloquence of Judy's poetry and firey
intensity of her lyrical and emotional outcry
for kindness and justice have moved thousands of readers.
Her book can help uplift our vision so we may truly
see the humanity and sacred souls of those our
society has condemned, neglected and cast
into the oblivion of poverty."
'Bones of the Homeless" is among the most
powerful poems heard at my eclectic Berkeley
Whole Note Series. When Judy performed
'Ode to Janis Joplin', it brought the veteran
poets to their knees. Judy is inspired by
spiritual beliefs that defy the usual
Dorothy Jesse Beagle, playwright,
pianist, poet, songwriter, author
How long we have needed this voice, crying
in the wilderness! How deeply the distinctly
meaningful prose etches its way into one's
heart. Have we forgotten? No! Nevermore.
For now we can remember the words of the
poet Judy Jones, in her magnificent book;
BONES OF THE HOMELESS, how it FEELS
to live and die in the despair of
These poems challenge conventional sterotypes
concerning the homeless, and believe me,
these sterotypes seriously require challenging
in our self-centered culture of intolerance
against the poor and disenfranchised.
Poet and Songwriter
Photographs from The Bones of the Homeless
featured in England's The Big Issue Magazine
Two Poems from The Bones of the Homeless
on front pages of The Street Spirit Newspaper
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