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Author: BARAKA, AMIRI
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Baraka, Amiri    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Jones, Leroi
56 poems available by this author


A CONTRACT. (FOR THE DESTRUCTION AND REBUILDING OF PATERSON)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Flesh, and cars, tar, dug holes beneath stone
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


A NEW REALITY IS BETTER THAN A NEW MOVIE!    Poem Text    
First Line: How will it go, crumbling earthquake, towering inferno, juggernaut, volcano, smashup
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


A POEM FOR BLACK HEARTS       
First Line: For malcolm's eyes, when they broke
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) (1925-1965); Negroes; American Blacks


A POEM FOR SPECULATIVE HIPSTERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He had got, finally


A POEM SOME PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO UNDERSTAND       
First Line: Dull unwashed windows of eyes
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Men; Negroes; American Blacks


AFRIKAN REVOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Afrikan people all over the world / suffering from white domination
Last Line: Struggle & victory
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


AM/TRAK       
First Line: Trane / trane, history love scream on
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Davis, Miles (1926-1991); Jazz; Music & Musicians


AN AGONY. AS NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I am inside someone / who hates me
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Identity; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


AN AMERICAN OPPRESS STORY!       
First Line: Remember howdy doody? / well, he grew up & became jimmy carter
Subject(s): Carter, Jimmy (B. 1924)


ANSWERS IN PROGRESS       
First Line: Can you die in airraid jiggle
Last Line: That's the way the fifth day ended.
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


BABYLON REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: The gaunt thing / with no organs
Subject(s): Hate


BALBOA, THE ENTERTAINER    Poem Text    
First Line: It cannot come


BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMEN       
First Line: Beautiful black women, fail, they act. Stop them, raining
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


BLACK ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Poems are bullshit unless they are
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


BLACK BOURGEOISIE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Has a gold tooth, sits long hours
Last Line: Him black self
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BLACK DADA NIHILISMUS       
First Line: Against what light / is false what breath
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


BLACK LITANY       
First Line: You can't be the devil
Subject(s): Mandela, Nelson (B. 1918)


CITIZEN CAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the great northwest, always, my grandfather warned me
Last Line: Roi, baby, you blew the whole thing
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


DEATH IS NOT AS NATURAL AS YOU FAGS SEEM TO THINK    Poem Text    
First Line: I hunt
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FUNK LORE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the blues
Last Line: We is ouselves / the blues
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations


HYMN FOR LANIE POO    Poem Text    
First Line: O / these wild trees
Last Line: For that mayyer, by god
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Racism; Sisters; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


IN MEMORY OF RADIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Who has ever stopped to think of the divinity of lamont cranston?
Subject(s): Radio


IN THE FUGITIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Richard kemble kept insisting
Last Line: Oddly resembles low german
Subject(s): Innocence; Television; Tv


IN THE TRADITION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Blues walk weeps ragtime
Last Line: Death to the klan!
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


INCIDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: He came back and shot. He shot him. When he came
Last Line: Of his hands and fingers, we know nothing
Subject(s): Murder


IT'S NATION TIME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Time to get / together
Last Line: It's nation / time!
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


KA 'BA    Poem Text    
First Line: A closed window looks down
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; Negroes; American Blacks


LEADBELLY GIVES AN AUTOGRAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Pat your foot / and turn the corner. Nat turner, dying wood
Last Line: Burned to death / in south carolina
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Ledbetter, Huddie [leadbelly] (1888-1949); Negroes; American Blacks


LEGACY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the south, sleeping against
Subject(s): Blues (Music)


LEROY    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to know my mother when she sat
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


LIKE ROUSSEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: She stands beside me, stands away,
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


LOOK FOR YOU YESTERDAY, HERE YOU COME TODAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Part of my charm
Last Line: I can't understand what superman is saying
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


LOWCOUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Craziness is no / act
Last Line: To speak / for god
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


MALCOLM REMEMBERED (FEB. '77)    Poem Text    
First Line: Malcolm / callin you back thru years
Last Line: Until our victory, comrade malcolm, until our victory!
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) (1925-1965); Negroes; American Blacks


NIXON       
First Line: With his pointed head
Subject(s): Nixon, Richard (1913-1996)


NUMBERS, LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: If you're not home, where
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


POEM FOR HALFWHITE COLLEGE STUDENTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Who are you, listening to me, who are you
Last Line: You might be surprised right out the window, whistling dixie on the way in
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


POLITICAL POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Luxury, then, is a way of / being ignorant, comfortably
Subject(s): Social Protest


PREFACE TO A TWENTY VOLUME SUICIDE NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
Subject(s): African Americans; Fathers & Daughters; Negroes; American Blacks


RETURN OF THE NATIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Harlem is vicious / modernism
Last Line: Are so familiar
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


SOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Calling black people
Subject(s): African Americans; Alphabet Verse; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


SOUNDING    Poem Text    
First Line: And so the seasons, they tell us
Last Line: Blind visionaries babbling
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Social Protest; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE BLACK MAN IS MAKING NEW GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Atheist jews double crossers stole our secrets crossed
Last Line: And put you back in a cold box
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


THE BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have forgotten the head
Last Line: (when you have let the song run out) will be sliding through unmentionable black
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE INVENTION OF COMICS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a soul in the world: in
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


THE NEW WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is folding, cars stall and rise
Subject(s): Aging


THE RARE BIRDS; FOR TED BERRIGAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Brook no obscurity, merely plunging deeper
Last Line: Impressions, and it was a message, from like a very rare bird.
Subject(s): Berrigan, Ted (1934-1983); Birds; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Berrigan, Edmund Joseph; Songs


THE WORLD IS FULL OF REMARKABLE THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Quick night / easy warmth
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


THREE MODES OF HISTORY AND CULTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Chalk mark sex of the nation, on walls we drummers
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


TO THE FAUST NEGRO TO SELL HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL FOR THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh americans who have overcome
Last Line: In order for the rest of us to live
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


W.W.       
First Line: Back home the black women are all beautiful
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


WAY OUT WEST    Poem Text    
First Line: As simple an act
Subject(s): Aging


WE OWN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: We are unfair
Last Line: We own the night
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


WESTERN FRONT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My intentions are colors, I'm filled with
Last Line: Not for definite, no cats we know
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Negroes; American Blacks


WHO BLEW UP AMERICA        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): United States; World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001; America


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 1    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If you ever find / yourself
Last Line: To get / out!
Subject(s): African Americans; Wit & Humor; Negroes; American Blacks