Imamu Amiri Baraka
Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones; October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014), formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone.
Baraka's poetry and writing has attracted both extreme praise and condemnation. Within the African-American community, some compare him to James Baldwin and call ... more »
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''Luxury, then is a way ofImamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. Political Poem (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and othe...
being ignorant, comfortably
An approach to the open market
of least information.''
''Nobody sings anymore.''Imamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note (l. 13). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th ...
''Lately, I've become accustomed to the wayImamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note (l. 3-5). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th...
The ground opens up and envelopes me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.''
''KindImamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. The Invention of Comics (l. 31-34). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arno...
my dark and sultry
''I am a soul in the world: inImamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. The Invention of Comics (l. 1-5). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arnold...
the world of my soul the whirled
light from the day
the sacked land
of my father.''
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