Treasure Island

Imamu Amiri Baraka

[Everett Leroi Jones]

Quotations

  • ''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 others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''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 Century. Arnold Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.
  • ''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 Century. Arnold Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.
  • ''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. Arnold Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.
  • ''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 Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.
  • ''Back home the black women are all beautiful''
    Imamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. W. W. (l. 1). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I am inside someone
    who hates me.''
    Imamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet (LEROI JONES). An Agony. As Now (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''It burns the thing
    inside it. And that thing
    screams.''
    Imamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. An Agony. As Now (l. 43-45). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Malcolm's words
    fire darts, the victor's tireless
    thrusts, words hung above the world
    change as it may, he said it, and
    for this he was killed,''
    Imamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. A Poem for Black Hearts (l. 5-9). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arnold Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.
  • ''his address
    to the grey monsters of the world,''
    Imamu Amiri Baraka (b. 1934), U.S. poet. A Poem for Black Hearts (l. 13-14). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Century. Arnold Adoff, ed. (1973) Harper & Row.

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Notes For A Speech

African blues
does not know me. Their steps, in sands
of their own
land. A country
in black & white, newspapers
blown down pavements
of the world. Does
not feel
what I am.

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