Amiri Baraka

Amiri Amour:
Baraka in Memorium

Author-bandleader Greg Tate reflects on the heroic icon of Black letters, poet Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

Greg Tate

by Greg Tate, January 14, 2014

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka: your favorite Black poet’s favorite Black poet

More Inflammable Prizes never happened, assume some figured they couldn’t get it right—or  Left—enough, and didn’t need Baraka coming after them.

That said, let none assume Baraka’s too far gone now not to suddenly jump up and roundhouse they petit-bourgeois comprador asses from beyond the grave with the quickness.

Greg Tate is a writer and musician who lives in Harlem. His books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk, Everything But the Burden and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience.

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