A Poem for Speculative Hipsters

By Amiri Baraka 1934–2014 Amiri Baraka
He had got, finally,
to the forest
of motives. There were no
owls, or hunters. No Connie Chatterleys   
resting beautifully
on their backs, having casually
brought socialism
to England.   
                  Only ideas,
and their opposites.
                              Like,
                he was really
                nowhere.

Amiri Baraka, “A Poem for Speculative Hipsters” from Transbluesency: The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, 1961-1995 (New York: Marsilio Publishers, 1995). Copyright © 1995 by Amiri Baraka. Reprinted with the permission of Sll/Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

Source: Transbluesency: The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones 1961-1995 (1995)

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Poet Amiri Baraka 1934–2014

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Poet, writer, teacher, and political activist Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and Howard University, spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, and returned to New York City to attend Columbia University and the New School for Social Research. Baraka was well known for his strident social criticism, often writing in an incendiary style that made it difficult . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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