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Poetry. African American Studies. "The publication of Amiri Baraka's SOMEBODY BLEW UP AMERICA & OTHER POEMS makes one more mark in the development in modern Black radical & revolutionary cultural reconstruction... Readers of course will want as quick as possible to read for them-self the now controversial title poem..., but check-out, among the others, "In Town"--p ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by House of Nehesi (first published 2003)
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James Tracy
A few years ago, this book was rocked by charges of anti-semitism. It cost Baraka his post as the Poet Laureate of New Jersey. If you actually read the damn thing, these charges do not hold up well. It's a great poem--and although I'm certainly not a 9/11 conspiracist, it certainly makes the historical point that so many "disasters" have an unseen hand behind them. Food for though. Baraka only made one mistake, I think minor, that left him open to the accusation of anti-semitism--repeating the ( ...more
Barbara Andrews
Amiri Baraka is my favorite author. He is the embodiment of America to me in the sense that he knows that he has the right to speak his mind and he does and it's not random. Ilove the broadness of the subjects he addresses. Some refer to him as revolutionary. I have yet to come across any work of his I haven't enjoyed.
Nicole
Amari has capture light, thought, questions and truth into one passionate book of poems that commands your attention and feeds your mind all at the same time.
He has a beautiful mind.
Doralee Brooks
He's a master in the poetic arts, and never disappoints. This is one of my all-time favorite books.
Sam
Apr 02, 2009 Sam is currently reading it
haven't gotten very far - but two enthusiastic thumbs up for the introduction...
Nicholas
Better if you listen to him read these poems! Epic creativity and pointedness.
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Read it to see what the controversy is all about!
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Baraka was born Everett LeRoy Jones in Newark, New Jersey, where he attended Barringer High School. His father, Coyt Leverette Jones, worked as a postal supervisor and lift operator. His mother, Anna Lois (née Russ), was a social worker. In 1967 he adopted the African name Imamu Amear Baraka, which he later changed to Amiri Baraka.

The Universities where he studied were Rutgers, Columbia, and Howar
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