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Imamu Amiri Baraka Poems

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by Baraka, Imamu Amiri
    WHYS (Nobody Knows
    The Trouble I Seen)

If you ever find
yourself, some where
lost and surrounded
by enemies
who won't let you
speak in...Read More

by Baraka, Imamu Amiri
 A closed window looks down
on a dirty courtyard, and black people
call across or scream or walk across
defying physics in the stream of their will

Our world is full of sound
Our...Read More

by Baraka, Imamu Amiri
Who has ever stopped to think of the divinity of Lamont Cranston?
(Only jack Kerouac, that I know of: & me.
The rest of you probably had on WCBS and Kate Smith,
Or...Read More

by Baraka, Imamu Amiri
I can pray 
    all day 
    & God 
    wont come.

But if I call 
     ...Read More

by Baraka, Imamu Amiri
African blues
does not know me. Their steps, in sands
of their own
land. A country
in black & white, newspapers
blown down pavements
of the world. Does
not feel
what I am.


in the dream, an oblique
suckling of...Read More

by Baraka, Imamu Amiri
Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelopes me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.
Or the broad edged silly music the wind
Makes when I...Read More