Today (Oct. 7) marks the 85th birthday of the poet Amiri Baraka…
Amiri Baraka previously known as LeRoi Jones, was an American writer of poems , drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone. Baraka’s career spanned nearly 50 years, and his themes range from black liberation to white racism. In the African-American community, some compare Baraka to James Baldwin and recognize him as one of the most respected and most widely published black writers of his generation. (via Wikipedia)
We honor the occasion with five excellent Amiri Baraka poems…
Notes for a Speech
S.O.S. Poems 1961-2013
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