Amiri Baraka died on Thursday the 9th at the age of 79. While others are more qualified to speak of the man and his work, I do want to take a moment to reflect upon Baraka. It was his readings that I discovered in college that later inspired the creation of this website. He, more than other poets I had heard at the time, showed me how a poem can be transformed by a performance. I thank him for that.
NY Times: Amiri Baraka, Polarizing Poet and Playwright, Dies at 79
NPR: Remembering Activist Poet Amiri Baraka
PotW.org: Amiri Baraka’s reading of “Dope”
PotW.org: Amiri Baraka’s reading of “Western Front”
PotW.org: Amiri Baraka’s “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note”