Imamu Amiri Baraka
Imamu Amiri Baraka Poems
- Ka 'Ba A closed window looks down on a dirty courtyard, and ...
- Preface To A Twenty Volume Sui... Lately, I've become ...
- Wise I If you ever find yourself, some where lost and ...
- Notes For A Speech African blues does not know me. Their ...
- A Poem For Speculative Hipster... He had got, finally, to the ...
- In Memory Of Radio Who has ever stopped to think of the ...
- Incident He came back and shot. He shot him. When he ...
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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A closed window looks down
on a dirty courtyard, and black people
call across or scream or walk across
defying physics in the stream of their will
Our world is full of sound
Our world is more lovely than anyone's
tho we suffer, and kill each other
and sometimes fail to walk the air
We are beautiful people
with african imaginations
full of masks and dances and swelling chants
with african eyes, and noses, and arms,
though we sprawl in grey chains in a place
full of winters, when what we want is sun.
We have been captured,