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Thu Jan 9, 2014, 05:34 PM

Amiri Baraka died, rip, great activist and human

http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/01/hold_hold_hold_amiri_baraka_former_nj_poet_laureate_and_prolific_author_dead_at_79.html

I met the man several times and was lucky enough to spend a few hours talking to him about poetry and civil rights decades ago. I lived in Newark during the riots and the rise of the black power movement.

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Reply Amiri Baraka died, rip, great activist and human (Original post)
gwheezie Jan 2014 OP
KamaAina Jan 2014 #1
gwheezie Jan 2014 #2
TheBlackAdder Jan 2014 #3
nolabear Jan 2014 #4
NJCher Jan 2014 #5
LiberalEsto Jan 2014 #6

Response to gwheezie (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 05:36 PM

1. Shit. He was the advisor to my first college literary magazine

 

the Noiseless Spider at the majority white University of New Haven in CT.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 05:45 PM

2. A very generous human being

I was of course much younger and attended some writing classes at Rutgers in Newark, 40 or so years later I still remember him as being very interested and kind to me when we discussed poetry and activism, I was a teenager and was also living where Kawaida towers was being built and the demonstrations. He tolerated my youthful naive energy and encouraged me, it was a brief episode in my life but he was a very influential person that helped shape who I have become.

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Response to gwheezie (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 05:46 PM

3. I was hoping to catch him the next time DUTCHMAN played in NYC

R.I.P. Amiri Baraka (Everet LeRoi Jones)

I had just studied him in a college play analysis course.

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Response to gwheezie (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 05:46 PM

4. Farewell, Poet.

Another good man done gone.

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Response to gwheezie (Original post)

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 06:38 PM

5. my student posed for a pic with him

He was writing a paper on him and happened to have a chance encounter with him at a bar in Newark. Can't recall the name now, but it should come back to me.

I will see if I can post the pic later.

Sorry he's gone. I enjoyed his work very much and my students and I had great times working with "Somebody Blew Up America."

Here's a story done by our public radio station.


Cher

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Response to gwheezie (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2014, 12:01 PM

6. Rest in peace, wonderful poet

 

I heard him read poetry many years ago. He was an amazing, gifted writer.

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