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On Amiri Baraka: ‘Mystification was the least of it’ August 6, 2014: For Rain Taxi, Richard Oyama considers the life and career of Amiri Baraka. Oyama’s take is a complicated one: “I write this not with any real delight, but rather with the regret one [...] by

For Amiri Baraka: Thomas Sayers Ellis’s ‘Vernacular Owl’ July 15, 2014: It’s hard to believe that Amiri Baraka passed away six months ago. The many readings and remembrances that followed his passing attest to his lasting influence. But how does one write a poem after, [...] by

In the Garden State: Ras Baraka, Son of Amiri Baraka, Grows Up to be Mayor of the City of Newark July 3, 2014: Congratulations to Ras Baraka: Mayor of the City of Newark!!! Read all about his campaign and his victory, right here right now, at The Nation. The election-night victory party for Ras Baraka, the [...] by

Stars, Poetry—Part III: Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius May 27, 2014: This is my third meditation on a personal wheel of poetic influence, grouped by modalities. (See here for my first one; here is my second). What Are the Modalities of the Zodiac? A Review below: [...] by

Stars, Poetry—Part II: Cancer, Leo, and Virgo May 22, 2014: This is my second meditation on a personal wheel of poetic influence, grouped by modalities. (See here for my first one). What Are the Modalities of the Zodiac? Here’s a Review: Cardinal signs [...] by

The Profanity Blahs, Part 2 [The art of ass-kicking isn't hard to master] May 2, 2014: Continued from Part 1. “Sophocles confirms the European origin of the motherfucker. Most Coloredpeepas known this a long time.” —Amiri Baraka   3    What the _____ is He Talking [...] by

‘The Words Are Purposes. / The Words Are Maps’: on the Social Turn in Poetry (Part 1) April 28, 2014: Contemporary social, political, and broadly historical themes have become more inescapable for me as a poet, and while they were present in my earlier work, this content now assumes a new [...] by

Sorry I’m Late / Compared to What? April 14, 2014: I read with interest George Quasha’s recent post “Self-evidence with Difficulty,” drawn especially to these sentences: Duncan used to say that he and Charles Olson had made work that insisted [...] by

‘For Amiri Baraka’: Diane di Prima’s Remembrance of the Late, Great Poet March 6, 2014: SFGate recently published this beautiful poem by Diane di Prima, written the day after Amiri Baraka died. A memorial service was held on March 2nd in San Francisco to celebrate his life. First di [...] by

Celebrating Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka January 31, 2014: If you’re in New York on February 4th, this is an event NOT to be missed. New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs will be hosting an event honoring the lives of Jayne [...] by