Poetry, VOLUME 12

Amiri Baraka Poems – Five of our Favorites by the Late Poet!

Tomorrow (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 poems by him …

*** Books by Amiri Baraka

Way Out West
Amiri Baraka

Found in:
S.O.S.  Poems 1961-2013

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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