A New Reality Is Better Than a New Movie!

By Amiri Baraka 1934–2014 Amiri Baraka
How will it go, crumbling earthquake, towering inferno, juggernaut, volcano, smashup,
in reality, other than the feverish nearreal fantasy of the capitalist flunky film hacks
tho they sense its reality breathing a quake inferno scar on their throat even snorts of
100% pure cocaine cant cancel the cold cut of impending death to this society. On all the
screens of america, the joint blows up every hour and a half for two dollars an fifty cents.
They have taken the niggers out to lunch, for a minute, made us partners nigger Charlie) or
surrogates (boss nigger) for their horror. But just as superafrikan mobutu cannot leop
    ardskinhat his
way out of responsibility for lumumba’s death, nor even with his incredible billions
cannot even save his pale ho’s titties in the crushing weight of   
things as they really are.
How will it go, does it reach you, getting up, sitting on the side   
of the bed, getting ready to go to work.   Hypnotized by the ma-
chine, and the cement floor, the jungle treachery of
to survive with no money in a money world, of making the boss   
100,000 for every 200
you get, and then having his brother get you for the rent, and if
you want to buy the car
helped build, your downpayment paid for it, the rest goes to buy   
his old lady a foam
rhinestone set of boobies for special occasions when kissinger   
drunkenly fumbles with her blouse, forgetting himself.
If you don’t like it, what you gonna do about it. That was the   
question we asked each
    other, &
still right regularly need to ask. You don't like it? Whatcha   
gonna do, about it??
The real terror of nature is humanity enraged, the true   
technicolor spectacle that
cant record. They cant even show you how you look when you   
go to work, or when you
    come back.
They cant even show you thinking or demanding the new so-
cialist reality, its the ultimate
wave. When all over the planet, men and women, with heat in   
their hands, demand that
be planned to include the lives and self determination of all the   
people ever to live. That is the scalding scenario with a cast of   
just under two billion that they dare not even whisper. Its called,   
“We Want It All . . . The Whole World!”

Amiri Baraka, “A New Reality Is Better Than a New Movie!” 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

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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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POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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