Imamu Amiri Baraka

[Everett Leroi Jones]

Imamu Amiri Baraka
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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 of
    being ignorant, comfortably
    An approach to the open market
    of least information.''
    Imamu 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...
  • ''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 way
    The ground opens up and envelopes me
    Each time I go out to walk the dog.''
    Imamu 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...
  • ''Kind
    death. O
    my dark and sultry
    love.''
    Imamu 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...
  • ''I am a soul in the world: in
    the world of my soul the whirled
    light from the day
    the sacked land
    of my father.''
    Imamu 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...
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