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One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books


Fusing the personal and the political in high-voltage verse, Amiri Baraka was one of the preeminent literary innovators of the past century. This volume comprises the fullest spectrum of his rousing, revolutionary poems, from his first collection to unpublished pieces composed during his final years.

Throughout Baraka’s career as a prolific writer in several genres (also published under the name LeRoi Jones), he was vehemently outspoken against oppression of African American citizens, and he radically altered the discourse surrounding racial inequality. His legacy in world literature is matched by his widespread influence as an activist and cultural leader. Praised for its lyricism and introspection, his early poetry emerged from the Beat generation, while his later writing is marked by the Black Arts Movement's intensely rebellious fervor and subversive ideology. All along, his primary focus was on how to live and love in the present moment despite the enduring difficulties of human history.

ISBN-13: 9780802124685

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Publication Date: 02-09-2016

Pages: 624

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Amiri Baraka (1934–2014) was an author of poetry, plays, essays, fiction, and music criticism, as well as a groundbreaking political activist who lectured in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. He served as Poet Laureate of New Jersey from 2002-2003, and his numerous accolades include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Langston Hughes Medal from the City College of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama, a PEN Open Book Award, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Before Columbus Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Table of Contents

Preface by Paul Vangelisti,
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note,
Hymn for Lanie Poo,
In Memory of Radio,
Look for You Yesterday, Here You Come Today,
To a Publisher ... Cut-out,
Ostriches & Grandmothers!,
Scenario VI,
Way Out West,
The Bridge,
Symphony Sid,
The Insidious Dr. Fu Man Chu,
The New Sheriff,
From an Almanac,
From an Almanac (2),
From an Almanac (3),
Notes for a Speech,
As a Possible Lover,
Balboa, the Entertainer,
A Contract. (For the Destruction and Rebuilding,
of Paterson,
This Is the Clearing I Once Spoke of,
A Poem for Neutrals,
An Agony. As Now,
A Poem for Willie Best,
Joseph to His Brothers,
Short Speech to My Friends,
The Politics of Rich Painters,
A Poem for Democrats,
The Measure of Memory (The Navigator,
Footnote to a Pretentious Book,
Rhythm & Blues (1,
Crow Jane,
For Crow Jane (Mama Death.,
Crow Jane's Manner.,
Crow Jane in High Society.,
Crow Jane the Crook.,
The Dead Lady Canonized.,
Duncan Spoke of a Process,
Audubon, Drafted,
If Into Love the Image Burdens,
Black Dada Nihilismus,
A Guerrilla Handbook,
Green Lantern's Solo,
War Poem,
Political Poem,
Snake Eyes,
A Poem for Speculative Hipsters,
Valéry as Dictator,
The Liar,
Three Modes of History and Culture,
A Poem Welcoming Jonas Mekas to America,
A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand,
Letter to E. Franklin Frazier,
The People Burning,
Death Is Not as Natural as You Fags Seem to Think,
The Success,
The New World,
The Burning General,
Tone Poem,
Gatsby's Theory of Aesthetics,
All's Well,
The Bronze Buckaroo,
Numbers, Letters,
Red Eye,
A Western Lady,
Return of the Native,
Black Art,
Poem for Half White College Students,
American Ecstasy,
Are Their Blues Singers in Russia?,
HARD FACTS (1972),
History on Wheels,
Das Kapital,
Real Life,
Horatio Alger Uses Scag,
When We?ll Worship Jesus,
A New Reality Is Better Than a New Movie!,
A Poem for Deep Thinkers,
Pres Spoke in a Language,
REGGAE OR NOT! (1981),
Reggae or Not!,
AM/TRAK (1979),
In the Tradition,
HEATHENS (1994),
WISE, WHY's, Y's (1995),
Wise 1,
Wise 2,
Wise 3,
Wise 4,
Y's 18,
History-Wise #22,
1929: Y you ask? (26),
Stellar Nilotic (29),
As the Colonial Y They Are Aesthetically,
& Culturally Deprived (Y's Later) (31),
"There Was Something I Wanted to Tell You." (33) Why?,
YMCA #35,
The Turn Around Y36,
Lord Haw Haw (as Pygmy) #37,
Speech #38 (or Y We Say It This Way),
So the King Sold the Farmer #39,
Y the Link Will Not Always Be "Missing" #40,
FUNK LORE (1995),
J. said, "Our whole universe is generated by a rhythm",
Masked Angel Costume,
Brother Okot,
Forensic Report,
Why It's Quiet in Some Churches,
Sin Soars!,
Ode to the Creature,
I Am,
Tom Ass Clarence,
Reichstag 2,
Art Against Art Not,
Ancient Music,
Getting Down!,
The Heir of the Dog,
Incriminating Negrographs,
Bad People,
The Under World,
In the Funk World,
"Always Know",
History Is a Bitch,
Size Places,
To the Faust Negro to Sell His Soul to the Devil for That Much!,
Black Reconstruction,
In The Fugitive,
Othello Jr.,
Funk's Memory,
Funk Lore,
One Thursday I Found This in My Notebook,
Duke's World,
Afro American Talking Drum,
Monk's World,
Buddha Asked Monk,
Monk Zen,
Lullaby of Avon Ave.,
The Dark Is Full of Tears,
Fusion Recipe,
JA ZZ : (The 'say What??) IS IS JA LIVES,
FASHION THIS (1996–2013),
Note to AB,
Tender Arrivals,
Note from the Real World,
Chamber Music,
Ars Gratia Artis,
Oklahoma Enters the Third World,
Got Any Change?,
Between Infra-Red and Ultra-Violet,
In the Theater,
The Education of the Air,
Every Full Moon,
Somebody Blew Up America,
Misterioso 666,
In Hell's Kitchen,
12:00 TSMT,
Well You Needn't,
Tragic Funny Papers,
Who Is You?,
Fashion This, from the Irony of the World.,
Hole Notes,
I Am Sent Photographs of My Aunt Georgia's 90th,
Birthday Party in South Carolina,
The Terrorism of Abstraction,
No Voice, Don't Go, Don't Go, Voice on a Screen,
It Still Seem Real, Yet You Know It's Really Gone w/,
Speak to Me Through Your Mouth,
John Island Whisper,
Alas, Poor Auden, I Knew Him,,
Nightmare Bush'it Whirl,
Arafat Was Murdered!,
Big Foot,
Where Is Them Black Clothes?,
Small Talk in the Mirror,
Race or Class?,
Those who dug Lester Young were not surprised,
Note to Sylvia Robinson from when I saw her walking,
through the projects in 1966,
Mississippi Goddamn!,
Comfortable w/ intelligence,
Prescription Drug,
All Songs Are Crazy,
I'm Not Fooled,
The New Invasion of Africa,
What's that Who is this in them old Nazi Clothes? Nazi's dead,
Suppose you believed that,
Ballad Air & Fire,