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


1929: Y YOU ASK       
First Line: In 'the masque of the red death'


1998 COLLAGE EULOGY FOR JAMES BYRD, JR.       
First Line: Inside out %flag is they north
Last Line: Er niggers. Death mailing hate %666


1999 COLLAGE EULOGY FOR AMADOU DIALLO       
First Line: My memory %is you memory
Last Line: They try to kill us %this way


20TH-CENTURY FOX       
First Line: Dynamite black girl


3RD WORLD BLUES       
First Line: Walk it slow


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


AFRICA AFRICA AFRICA       


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


AFRIKAN REVOLUTION       
First Line: Afrikan people all over the world %suffering from white domination
Last Line: Work & study %struggle & victory
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


AFRO AMERICAN TALKING DRUM       
First Line: If you got real spooky
Last Line: It was his %music %that he %despised


AFRO-AMERICAN LYRIC       
First Line: Star-ar-t wi-th


AGAINST BOURGEOIS ART       
First Line: War on the horizon. A ship with bloody sail. Andy young slips
Last Line: Now meditate %on that!


AGONY. AS NOW       
First Line: I am inside someone %who hates me
Last Line: Inside it. And that thing %screams
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Identity; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


ALL IN THE STREET       
First Line: Can you imagine something other


ALL REACTION IS DOOMED!!!       
First Line: Why is it they want revolution


ALLIFESTO!       
First Line: As swingingest %is %peace %& %wisdom
Last Line: Blue has %always %been %our %favorite %color!


ALWAYS KNOW       
First Line: If the animals %will not leave
Last Line: He might not/even %be talkin %to you


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


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


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


AMERICANA       
First Line: They hate the idea
Last Line: By claiming only 5 senses %& sex


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)


ANCIENT MUSIC       
First Line: The main thing %to be against %is death
Last Line: Everything else %is a %chump


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


ART AGAINST ART NOT       
First Line: Art not is devil death
Last Line: In massive fire balls of explosion %sun ra arrives


AS A POSSIBLE LOVER       
First Line: Practices %silence, the way of wind
Last Line: Never really %had


ASK ME WHAT I AM       
First Line: The rhythm of beings is the reason for


AT THE NATIONAL BLACK ASSEMBLY       
First Line: Eek %a nigger communist,' the lady democrat


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


BABYLON REVISITED       
First Line: The gaunt thing %with no organs
Last Line: While your flesh burns %and your eyes peel to red mud
Subject(s): Hate


BAD NEWS FOR YOUR HIGHNESS (SONG TO DEPOSED KINGS)       
First Line: Slobber pave feet. Blow sun


BAD PEOPLE       
First Line: We want to be happy
Last Line: Such ignorance %justifiably %creates


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


BALBOA, THE ENTERTAINER       
First Line: It cannot come
Last Line: Slip %from my arm


BALLAD OF THE MORNING STREETS       
First Line: The magic of the day is the morning
Last Line: And dog your blazing


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


BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMEN       
First Line: Beautiful black women, fail, they act. Stop them, raining
Last Line: Will you let me help you, daughter, wife-lover, will you
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


BIOGRAPHY       
First Line: Hangs %whipped


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


BLACK ART       
First Line: Poems are bullshit unless they are
Last Line: And let all black people speak this poem %silently %or loud
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


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 BOURGEOISIE       
First Line: Has a gold tooth, sits long hours
Last Line: Hates, instead, him self %him black self
Subject(s): African Americans


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


BLACK DADA NIHILISMUS       
First Line: Against what light %is false what breath
Last Line: Against his lost white children %black dada nihilismus
Subject(s): African Americans


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


BLACK LITANY       
First Line: You can't be the devil
Last Line: So this is what %hell is
Subject(s): Mandela, Nelson (b. 1918)


BLACK MAN IS MAKING NEW GODS       
First Line: Atheist jews double crossers stole our secrets crossed
Last Line: In a cold box
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism


BLACK PEOPLE!       
First Line: What about that bad short you saw last week
Last Line: In your face and curse you by pitying your tomish ways


BLACK PEOPLE: THIS IS OUR DESTINY       
First Line: The road runs straight with no turning, the circle
Last Line: The primitives the first men who evolve again to civilize the %world


BLACK RECONSTRUCTION       
First Line: What the doctor explained
Last Line: & the glory of %his coming


BLUDOO BABY WANT MONEY AND ALLIGATOR GOT IT TO GIVE       
First Line: Say day lay day may fay come some bum'll


BLUE WHITIE       
First Line: Strange corpses the ones who


BOOGALOO SONNET(S)       
First Line: In the stree was betty r, with 5 kidz


BRIDGE       
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


BRITANNCIA SAYS THERE IS NO EXPLANATION OR USE FOR LAUGHTER       
First Line: Burn baby %father %mama %god
Last Line: For love %is %fuck


BROTHER OKOT       
First Line: Our people say %death lives
Last Line: Where even the sun dies


BROZE BUCKAROO       
First Line: Soft night come back


BUDDHA ASKED MONK       
First Line: If you were always right
Last Line: Monk said, blue and invisible


BUMI       
First Line: I forgotten who
Last Line: I can sing a little %bit but that still %don't say I can heal %or bring back %the dead


BUNNIES       
First Line: Bangs and kills in an old street


CAREERS       
First Line: What is the life


CENSUS       
First Line: Black people black people black people black people black


CHANGES CHANGING       
First Line: Suggests is internal


CHILD EVOLVE       
First Line: Bobby, stanley, jb, jr., larry, ronny, linda, carol, rodney


CHILD OF THE THIRTIES       
First Line: Red rover


CHINATOWN       
First Line: Chiang kai-shek %ends up in china town


CITATION       
First Line: Now instead of amos & %andy 'integration'
Last Line: From the outside


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


CITIZEN CAIN       
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


CITY OF NEW ARK: WAVE BEATS       
First Line: Arkestra see its! %all night the city breathes
Last Line: & those %who dug %the signifying' %hollered %'man'!


CIVIL RIGHTS POEM       
First Line: Roywilkins is an eternal faggot


CLASS STRUGGLE       
First Line: Years ago we both swore oaths, with another


CLAY       
First Line: Killed %by a white woman
Last Line: What he is %today
Subject(s): African Americans


COLD TERM       
First Line: All the things. The objects
Last Line: Why are the beautiful sick and divided like myself?


COLD TERM II       
First Line: We make crazy lullabies


COME SEE ABOUT ME       
First Line: Oallah %all deity, jinn, spirit creation


CONFIRMATION       
First Line: The blood in me, assumes a beautiful shape, it assumes


CONTRACT (FOR THE DESTRUCTION & REBUILDING OF PATTERSON)       
First Line: Flesh, and cars, tar, dug holes beneath stone
Last Line: Else they cannot eat


COPS       
First Line: Flyolfloyd, I know from barringer
Last Line: While the bullet comes. Shit


CROW JANE: CROW JANE IN HIGH SOCIETY       
First Line: Wipes her nose
Last Line: To come on so


CROW JANE: CROW JANE THE CROOK       
First Line: Of the night %of the rain, she
Last Line: Oh, jane, we thought you had gone


CROW JANE: CROW JANE'S MANNER       
First Line: Is some pilgrimage to thought. Where she goes, in fairness
Last Line: You leave my %other boys?


CROW JANE: FOR CROW JANE, MAMA DEATH       
First Line: For dawn, wind
Last Line: Moon lady %of useless thighs


CROW JANE: THE DEAD LADY CANONIZED       
First Line: A thread of meaning. Meaning light %the quick
Last Line: Sew up %her bleeding hole


DANCE OF THE TOMS       
First Line: Here is the dance tom tanz


DARK IS FULL OF TEARS       
First Line: When albert returned from
Last Line: It was stupid to believe %in him


DAS KAPITAL       
First Line: Strangling women in the suburban bush
Last Line: Who is the maniac, and why everywhere at the same time


DAVID COPPERHEAD       
First Line: On the stairs, in the house, on a street


DAZED AND OUT OF THEIR WOOL HEADS.'       
First Line: The conquered, the prisoners, stand in line


DEADLY EYES ARE STARS!       
First Line: Fools %say, I've sd it


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


DEATH OF NICK CHARLES       
First Line: ...And how much of this
Last Line: & you will not be able %to wake me
Subject(s): African Americans


DERANGED GUTBUCKET PIGTONGUE CLAPPER HEART       
First Line: Beats now from


DIALOGUE W/NOISE       
First Line: Can the devil, %explain evil?
Last Line: You think %it's %interesting?


DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLITARIAT       


DIS FIRMATIVE NEGROSSITY       
First Line: Dead ass spooks' spook spooking
Last Line: Might even can %carry %a tune


DOPE       
First Line: Uuuuuuuuuuu %ray light morning fire lynch yet
Last Line: A men


DUKE'S WORLD       
First Line: Passion flower for 'strays' %is the explanation
Last Line: Is where we go if we are good


ELECTION DAY       
First Line: The lies of young boys are to be heard about, or read about


END OF MAN IS HIS BEAUTY       
First Line: And silence %which proves but
Last Line: Whose deaths are legends %for their kind


EPISTROPHE       
First Line: It's such a static reference; looking
Last Line: I wish some weird looking animal %would come along


EVERY FULL MOON       
First Line: I get horrible letters %from ghosts
Last Line: Tell me %the difference'?


EVIL NIGGER WAITS FOR LIGHTNIN'       
First Line: Alone, at night, with all the world
Last Line: Its %reason


FASHION THIS, FROM THE IRONY OF THE WORLD       
First Line: That I, the undaunted laureate of the place, daunted in some
Last Line: Who would love goodness


FOLKS       
First Line: Dont %bite


FOR A LADY I KNOW       
First Line: Talk the talk I need


FOR EDWARD DORN       
First Line: In blackest day, in blackest night


FOR HETTIE       
First Line: My wife is left-handed
Last Line: I ain't quite so sure


FOR JACK SPICER       
First Line: Now like all dead poets you live at the nexus


FOR MAULANKA KARENGA & PHAROAH SANDERS       
First Line: The body of man is evolved to a brain
Last Line: We began %to sing


FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY OUTBURST BY BLACK PEOPLE       
First Line: The next outburst %by the black nation


FORENSIC REPORT       
First Line: The killers cd wear
Last Line: That they understand %this


FRIDAY       
First Line: And so we leave. Hurrying. The bags packed


FROM THE EGYPTIAN       
First Line: I will slaughter %the enemies


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


FUNK LORE       
First Line: We are the blues
Last Line: We is ourselves %the blues
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


FUNK'S MEMORY       
First Line: Plays on & on place after place into futures past
Last Line: A life of pictures %everything always %alive


FUNKY BUTT, AN AMERICAN NEGRO MISSED-EQUAL PUET       
First Line: Funky butt, funky butt in the nation


FUSION RECIPE       
First Line: Take a pinch of %quote r & b
Last Line: Until it turns %to %cheap furniture


GETTING DOWN!       
First Line: Sisyphus explained %why he cant stand
Last Line: Who blew up ralph featherstone's car


GIBSON       
First Line: Old boy in 1492, sailing west toward sun dash, was hip


GOLGOTHA LOCAL       
First Line: Then the question rose
Last Line: Ask miles david, he dead, so what?


GOODBYE!       
First Line: If we call %to ourselves
Last Line: I'll wait here for a few seconds, please come


GUERRILLA HANDBOOK       
First Line: In the palm
Last Line: We must convince the living %that the dead %cannot sing
Subject(s): Social Protest


HEGEL       
First Line: Cut out %the insides


HERE HE COMES AGAIN       
First Line: Dark crowds in my face, my lips


HISTORY AS PROCESS       
First Line: The evaluation of the mysteries by the sons of all


HISTORY IS A BITCH       
First Line: Can you understand inside the cover you tell
Last Line: Imitation dancer wd immortalize the fool


HISTORY ON WHEELS       
First Line: Civil rights %included nathan


HOUDINI       
First Line: Poured, white powder


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


HYMN FOR LANIE POO       
First Line: O %these wild trees
Last Line: Benevolent step %mother america
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Racism; Sisters


I AM       
First Line: We are being told of the greatness
Last Line: Something that indicates their importance


I DON'T LOVE YOU       
First Line: Whatever you've given me, whiteface glass
Last Line: I don't love you


I SUBSTITUTE FOR THE DEAD LECTURER       
First Line: They have turned, and say that I am dying. That
Last Line: My stewed black skull, %an empty cage of failure


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


IN MEMORY OF RADIO       
First Line: Who has ever stopped to think of the divinity of lamont cranston?
Last Line: An evil word it is %this love
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 FUGITIVE       
First Line: Richard kemble kept insisting
Last Line: Oddly resembles low german
Subject(s): Innocence; Television


IN THE FUNK WORLD       
First Line: If elvis presley/is %king
Last Line: Who is james brown, %god


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


IN THE YEAR OF RECONSTRUCTION, 1969, WE TURN AGAIN       


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


INCIDENT       
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


INSIDE OUT       
First Line: Presences, all voices lights touches ideas came in here


INSIDIOUS DR. FU MANCHU       
First Line: If I think myself


INTERESTING CIRCULATING       
First Line: No face stares from the dark


INVENTION OF COMICS       
First Line: I am a soul in the world: in
Last Line: And his sea, and its moon, and %the soft fire throbbing. Kind %death. O %my dark and sultry %love
Subject(s): African Americans


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


IT'S NATION TIME       
First Line: Time to get %together
Last Line: It's nation %time!
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


J. SAID, OUR WHOLE UNIVERSE IS GENERATED BY A RHYTHM       
First Line: Is dualism, the shadow inserted
Last Line: And listen. Do not laugh, whatever you do


JA ZZ: (THE SAY WHAT? ) IS IS JA LIVES       
First Line: Yes bees! %god-electric
Last Line: Becoming the one


JIM BROWN ON THE SCREEN       
First Line: Is the past in a new package, in daylight sunlight


JITTERBUGS       
First Line: The imperfection of the world


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


KA 'BA       
First Line: A closed window looks down
Last Line: Return, destroy, and create. What will be %the sacred words
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


KENYATTA LISTENING TO MOZART       
First Line: On the back trails, in sun glasses
Last Line: If you go %for that


KUTOA UMOJA       
First Line: Oooowwooooooooo what can it be


LADY BUG       
First Line: The motherfuckin' %heart, of the


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


LEADBELLY GIVES AN AUTOGRAPH       
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


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


LEGACY (FOR BLUES PEOPLE)       
First Line: In the south, sleeping against
Last Line: Towards the songs' pretended sea


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


LEROY       
First Line: I wanted to know my mother when she sat
Last Line: Useful parts, the sweet meat of my feelings. And leave %the bitter bullshit rotten white parts %alon
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


LETTER TO E. FRANKLIN FRAZIER       
First Line: Those days when it was all right
Last Line: Stifles the present. And the future, my man, is long %time gone


LIAR       
First Line: What I thought was love
Last Line: Who is dead? I wonder %who they will mean?


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


LIKE, THIS IS WHAT I MEANT!       
First Line: Poetry makes a statement


LINES TO GARCIA LORCA       
First Line: Send soldiers again to kill you, garcia
Last Line: Like a spanish guitar


LITTLE BROWN JUG       
First Line: Who are you?


LIVE NIGGERS - STOP BULLSHITTING       
First Line: Disturb as dust falls happy young blood


LOKU       
First Line: Hold me she


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


LOOK FOR YOU YESTERDAY, HERE YOU COME TODAY       
First Line: Part of my charm
Last Line: & tonto way off in the hills %moaning like bessie smith
Subject(s): African Americans


LOVE IS THE PRESENCE OF NO ENEMY       
First Line: In a blue summer ending begging of evening


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


LOWCOUP       
First Line: Craziness is no %act
Last Line: Not to %act %is crazinezz
Subject(s): Insanity


LOWDOWN       
First Line: We are in the era of imminent brake failure, breakdown


LULLABY OF AVON AVE.       
First Line: I used to walk past sassy's crib
Last Line: I'm gone, now %send in %the %clowns


MADNESS       
First Line: The white man %at best is corny


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


MALCOLM REMEMBERED (FEB. '77)       
First Line: Malcolm %callin you back thru years
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965)


MASKED ANGEL COSTUME: THE SAYINGS OF MANTAN MORELAND       
First Line: Never let a ghost
Last Line: They never %failed


MCVOUTY BIBLE       
First Line: After they killed %nigger jesus
Last Line: Dirt brown %so the water %muddy


MEDITATION ON BOB KAUFMAN       
First Line: Frink / %/ kauf meant thought
Last Line: Hoo ray %hoo ray!


METROPOLIS OF DEPRAVED BEINGS       
First Line: They will always %get a nigger


MINUTE OF CONSCIOUSNESS       
First Line: You pay for it, for sure, dont let nobody tell you you don
Last Line: Hits a certain note, mighty


MONEY       
First Line: Prophets %become %profits
Last Line: As good itself %in all accents


MONK ZEN       
First Line: Monk %always %come in a %place
Last Line: You musta heard us


MONK'S WORLD       
First Line: That street where midnight
Last Line: & scattered flying things


NATION IS LIKE OURSELVES, TOGETHER       
Last Line: Like james brown say %please please please


NEW REALITY IS BETTER THAN A NEW MOVIE!       
First Line: How will it go, crumbling earthquake, towering inferno, juggernaut
Last Line: We want it all - the whole world!


NEW WORLD       
First Line: The sun is folding, cars stall and rise
Last Line: Older, but no wiser than the defect of love


NEWSHIT       
First Line: The lovers speak to each other as if they were born


NIGGY THE HO       
First Line: Many years ago in ol time america


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


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


NO MATTER, NO MATTER, THE WORLD IS THE WORLD       
First Line: A broke dead genius %moved on to dust


NOTES FOR A SPEECH       
First Line: African blues %does not know me
Last Line: You are %as any other sad man here %american


NOTHING MORE TO SAY       
First Line: There is nothing more to say


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


NUMBERS, LETTERS       
First Line: If you're not home, where
Last Line: Today is the history we must learn %to desire. There is no guilt in love
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


OCT-69       
First Line: I look up from my 12 year old's nod


ODE TO THE CREATURE       
First Line: I din't think this was
Last Line: Yr dig is dead %scribble scribble


OEDIPUS AS CULTURE HERO!       
First Line: Sophocles confirms


OF WHAT USE IS POETRY? (BABALU MEETS THE WOLFMAN)       
First Line: What do yo mean %by use?
Last Line: And put yr hands up!


ON THE MONEY       
First Line: Ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly


ONE NIGHT STAND       
First Line: We entered the city at noon! High bells. The radio on


ONE THURSDAY I FOUND THIS IN MY NOTEBOOK       
First Line: When love is perfected, when love
Last Line: Sound like %duke ellington


OSTRICHES AND GRANDMOTHERS       
First Line: All meet here with us, finally: the
Last Line: Wondering at the bar's %delay


OTHELLO JR.       
First Line: (one more time)
Last Line: & there %moorish %women %freed %his %son


PAUSE OF JOE       
First Line: Philly joe jones


PEACE IN PLACE       
First Line: Time after time after time after time


PEOPLE BURNING       
First Line: They now gonna make us shut up. Ease


POEM       
First Line: For their clean bodies, and malcolm's eyes


POEM FOR ANNA RUSS AND FANNY JONES       
First Line: An old story - the world - old now for us who was once a young stormy buck


POEM FOR BLACK HEARTS       
First Line: For malcolm's eyes, when they broke
Last Line: We fail, and white men call us faggots till the end of %the earth
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965)


POEM FOR DEEP THINKERS       
First Line: Skymen coming down out the clouds land
Last Line: Is what side yall gon be on


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


POEM FOR HALFWHITE COLLEGE STUDENTS       
First Line: Who are you, listening to me, who are you
Last Line: You might be suprised right out the window, whistling dixie on the way in
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


POEM FOR RELIGIOUS FANATICS       
First Line: There is a sickness to the black man %living in white town


POEM FOR SPECULATIVE HIPSTERS       
First Line: He had got, finally
Last Line: He was really %nowhere


POEM FOR WILLIE BEST       
First Line: The face sings, alone
Last Line: The back door, and that hideous mindless grin. %hear?


POEM OF DESTINY, FR. THE CITY OF NEW ARK: BOOK ONE       
First Line: New ark space
Last Line: Our hearts %rap %the sun's language


POEM SOME PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO UNDERSTAND       
First Line: Dull unwashed windows of eyes
Last Line: Will the machinegunners please step forward?
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism; Men


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


POLITICAL POEM       
First Line: Luxury, then, is a way of %being ignorant, comfortably
Last Line: Lamenting thru gipsies his fast suicide
Subject(s): Social Protest


POLITICS OF RICH PAINTERS       
First Line: Is something like the rest %of our doubt
Last Line: Think, perhaps, the title of your latest painting %another name for liar


PRAYER FOR SAVING       
First Line: Survive and defend


PRECISE TECHNIQUES       
First Line: No immature bullshit


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


PREFACE TO A TWENTY VOLUME SUICIDE NOTE       
First Line: Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
Last Line: Only she on her knees, peeking into %her own clasped hands
Subject(s): African Americans; Fathers And Daughters


PREMISES NOT QUITE CONDEMNED       
First Line: An altered man %in the sea of a city


PRES SPOKE IN A LANGUAGE       
Last Line: Save all that comrades, we need it


PRIEST POEM       
First Line: A lecture past dead cats


PROFOUND IS LOST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE       
First Line: There are more lies %in print


RACE LINE' IS A PRODUCT OF CAPITALISM       
First Line: Today, there's no need for backwardness


READING AND WEEPING       
First Line: Lust hearts stalk nights


REAL LIFE       
First Line: Ted, ted? In the bay at the bottom of the wat


REALITY       
First Line: From somewhere a


REALITY IS DEALT WITH       
First Line: Dealt with reality is better to be with


RED AUTUMN       
First Line: Communist sparrows gnawing on a fire escape


RED EYE       
First Line: The corrupt madness of the individual. You cannot live


RED LIGHT       
First Line: The only thing we know is the thing


REICHSTAG 2       
First Line: How per fect that it was a muslim
Last Line: & greed will become %moral outrage


REPRISE OF ONE OF A.G.'S BEST POEMS!       
First Line: America existed in %its ribboned columns
Last Line: It's the only %way!


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


RETURN OF THE NATIVE       
First Line: Harlem is vicious %modernism
Last Line: In joy, that our lives %are so familiar
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


REVELATION IN BRICK CITY       
First Line: Same time, on the street
Last Line: As it be. You dig. Try that


REVOLUTIONARY LOVE       
First Line: Black revolutionary woman
Last Line: I'd call you wife


RHYTHMN & BLUES (1 (FOR ROBERT WILLIAMS, IN EXILE)       
First Line: The symbols hang limply
Last Line: Who will tell you it will be beautiful


ROCKEFELLER IS YO VICE PRESIDENT       
First Line: Kenny g. W %malla yalla (a fatlady %her own circus)
Subject(s): Rockefeller, Nelson (1908-1979)


SAD COWBOY       
First Line: All the world, is hatred


SALIK       
First Line: The word is edged with fire. The word is


SATURDAY SCHOOL       
First Line: Where plays the steeple the people the simple episodes of %what
Last Line: Bottom of our shoes, our soles, for some the heels


SAYONARA, TOKYO       
First Line: Coming in %coming out


SCENARIO: 6       
First Line: And I come out of it
Last Line: On stolen animals we will be amazed by


SCHOOL OF PRAYER       
First Line: A hollow eye sees moons dance


SEIZE THE TIME       
First Line: If you come out %the tree
Last Line: & we trying to get %an antidote for that


SERMON FOR OUR MATURITY       
First Line: We want to be all we can


SHORT SPEECH TO MY FRIENDS       
First Line: A political art, let it be %tenderness
Last Line: These 100 years, has never made %a mistake


SIN SOARS!       
First Line: The american peoples' voice
Last Line: & bullets whacking %into the walls


SIZE PLACES       
First Line: The unresolved future
Last Line: Sees us as %tiny ignorant %animals


SNAPSHOTS OF EVERYTHING       
First Line: We are picked, and pick ourselves, for what we do and are


SOMEBODY BLEW UP AMERICA       
First Line: (all thinking people %oppose terrorism
Last Line: Whoooo and whooooooooo!


SOMEBODY'S SLOW IS ANOTHER BODY'S FAST. (PREACHMENT)       


SONG       
First Line: I love you


SONG FORM       
First Line: Morning uptown, quiet on the street
Last Line: Even to each other. Merely to be mere, ly to be


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


SOS       
First Line: Calling black people
Last Line: Calling all black people, come in, black people, come on in
Subject(s): African Americans; Alphabet Verse; Black Nationalism


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


SOUNDING       
First Line: And so the seasons, they tell us
Last Line: All no no no self no no no no selves no no no no world no no no no no no
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Social Protest


SPIRIT OF CREATION IS BLACKNESS       
First Line: Whatever happens we know we've lived


SPRING SONG       
First Line: The juice of life, in human terms


STIRLING STREET SEPTEMBER       
First Line: I can be the beautiful black man


STORY OF THE BLACK MAN IS A FUNNY STORY       
First Line: If you can laugh, for centuries


STUDY PEACE       
First Line: Out of the shadow, I am come in to you whole a black holy man
Last Line: Beings of the star's mind %images cast against the eternally shifting %heavens


SUPERSTAR       
First Line: We thought it was a game. Toss the ball
Last Line: We're still trying to figure it out


SYNCRETISM       
First Line: Bad news say
Last Line: & drum cant die %& wdn't %no way


T.T. JACKSON SINGS       
First Line: I fucked your mother
Last Line: Then she found out %it wasn't even in


TANGUHPAY       
First Line: The world speaks, and we, the blood, the main men of nature


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


THREE MODES OF HISTORY AND CULTURE       
First Line: Chalk mark sex of the nation, on walls we drummers
Last Line: And my songs will be softer %and lightly weight the air
Subject(s): African Americans


THREE MOVEMENTS AND A CODA       
First Line: The quality of night that you hate most is its black
Last Line: These are songs if you have the %music


TIME FACTOR A PERFECT NON-GAP       
First Line: All presence requires feeling


TO A PUBLISHER - CUT-OUT       
First Line: The blight rests in your face


TO ALLEN: HAIL & FAREWELL       
First Line: Howl reached puerto rico, late 55, whenever the
Last Line: Farewell my man. Hail and farewell


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


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


TODAY       
First Line: Reactionary middle class idealists


TOM ASS CLARENCE       
First Line: Ask these knees if there's
Last Line: They got they own %show


TONE POEM       
First Line: A host of loves is the city, and its memory


TURNCOAT       
First Line: The steel fibrous slant & ribboned glint
Last Line: I become them, sometimes. Pure fight. Pure fantasy. Lean


UNDER WORLD       
First Line: Sd the mayor
Last Line: A queen w/out a %throne


UNTITLED       
First Line: Christ was never in %europe!'
Last Line: (neither was %krishna %muhammad %nor %buddha!)


UNWE       
First Line: Boy & tarzan %equal %two
Last Line: It black %as %sut


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


W.W.       
First Line: Back home the black women are all beautiful
Last Line: Miss muffett in a runaway ugly machine. I mean. Like that
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


WATERGATE       
First Line: Dead crow' is an ol ugly %eagle


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


WAY OUT WEST; FOR GARY SNYDER       
First Line: As simple an act %as opening the eyes
Last Line: Closing the eyes. As %simple an act. You float


WE ARE HERE       


WE HAVE AWAITED THE COMING OF A NATURAL       
Last Line: Will the machinegunners please step forward


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


WE OWN THE NIGHT       
First Line: We are unfair
Last Line: The day will not save them %and we own the night
Subject(s): African Americans


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


WESTERN FRONT       
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


WHAS GON HAPPEN       
First Line: Land %will change hands


WHAT AM I OFFERED       
First Line: Six foot tall, once president


WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?       
First Line: The judgment of morning is to be cool


WHEN WE'LL WORSHIP JESUS       
First Line: We'll worhsip jesus %when jesus do somthin
Last Line: To visualize change, and force it. %we worship revolution


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


WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA       
First Line: Who will survive america - few americans, very few negroes, no crackers at all


WHOOSH!       
First Line: (after the rain) %I used to be simple
Last Line: How did that word %come to mean that?


WHY DIDNT HE TELL ME THE WHOLE TRUTH       
First Line: I'll give you a silver dollar


WHY IT'S QUIET IN SOME CHURCHES       
First Line: Not a pin drops. No breathing. Please, please no sound
Last Line: The missing excitement, gee, baby, sin! Our epitaph


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


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 1       
First Line: If you ever find %yourself
Last Line: To get %out!
Subject(s): African Americans


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 10       
First Line: So in 1877 the lie grew
Last Line: Enter booker t


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 11. ROUGH HAND DREAMERS       
First Line: You was a country folk, on the %land
Last Line: Something like %clowns


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 12. A FARMER COME TO THE CITY       
First Line: Dirt growing in his mind
Last Line: Vote among roaches


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 13       
First Line: And now you know
Last Line: How 'ghettoes' %grow


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 2       
First Line: I was of people
Last Line: I am among those %to be avenged


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 3       
First Line: Son singin
Last Line: Yeh, awe gon be here %a taste
Subject(s): Language


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 4       
First Line: No coat has I got
Last Line: Thelonious %& this was in the 19th century


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 5       
First Line: I overheard the other night
Last Line: A slave %no more


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 6       
First Line: Has we come far?
Last Line: My shape look like black on black %and fading


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 7       
First Line: Back in the forest
Last Line: Something funky, in the other


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 8       
First Line: From the country
Last Line: Cdda %been


WHY'S/WISE: WISE 9       
First Line: Our war
Last Line: Slave death and servant death and let me work for us to be


WIG POEM       
First Line: Take off the wig


WILL THEY CRY WHEN YOU'RE GONE, YOU BET       
First Line: You leave dead friends in %a desert
Last Line: Than leave them alone in that white heat


WORD FROM THE RIGHT WING       
First Line: President johnson %is a mass murderer


WORLD IS FULL OF REMARKABLE THINGS       
First Line: Quick night %easy warmth
Last Line: Her eyes slide %into dreams
Subject(s): African Americans; Black Nationalism


WORLD IS MY POEM       
First Line: Poetry is not the sole means of my expression


X       
First Line: Everything we dont understand
Last Line: Pours malcolm %little %by %little


YOUNG SOUL       
First Line: First, feel, then feel, then %read, or read, then feel, then
Last Line: Use the muscle %in yr heart