For the Consideration of Poets

By Haki Madhubuti b. 1942 Haki Madhubuti
where is the poetry of resistance,
                     the poetry of honorable defiance
unafraid of lies from career politicians and business men,
not respectful of journalist who write
official speak void of educated thought
without double search or sub surface questions
that war talk demands?
where is the poetry of doubt and suspicion
not in the service of the state, bishops and priests,
not in the service of beautiful people and late night promises,
not in the service of influence, incompetence and academic
         clown talk?

Haki Madhubuti, "For the Consideration of Poets" from Run Toward Fear © 2004 by Haki R. Madhubuti. Used by permission of Third World Press, Chicago, IL.

Source: Run Toward Fear (Third World Press, 2004)

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Poet Haki Madhubuti b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

 Haki  Madhubuti

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Born Donald Luther Lee in Little Rock, Arkansas, the poet adopted the Swahili name Haki R. Madhubuti after traveling to Africa in 1974. As he shared in a 2006 interview, he sensed that “a new African name would help me in arriving at a final definition of self.” Haki means “justice” and Madhubuti means “precise, accurate, and dependable.”

Madhubuti received an MFA from the University of Iowa and served in the army from 1960 to . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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