Amiri Baraka Poetry ~~RIP

Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones) formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone. More Here.  (source: wikipedia).

Sunrise: October 7, 1934  

Sunset: January 9, 2014

Rest in Peace

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Wise I

    WHYS (Nobody Knows
The Trouble I Seen)
Traditional

If you ever find
yourself, some where
lost and surrounded
by enemies
who won’t let you
speak in your own language
who destroy your statues
& instruments, who ban
your omm bomm ba boom
then you are in trouble
deep trouble
they ban your
own boom ba boom
you in deep deep
trouble

humph!

probably take you several hundred years
to get
out!

online source:http://www.pbs.org/wnet/foolingwithwords/Pbaraka_poem10.html