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Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones October 7, 1934), formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, is an African-American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and has taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone.


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Quote Left Lately, I've become accustomed to the way The ground opens up and envelopes me Each time I go out to walk the dog. Quote Right
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Quote Left The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons. Quote Right
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Quote Left Kind death. O my dark and sultry love. Quote Right
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Quote Left God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning. Quote Right
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Quote Left For all of him dead and gone and vanished from us, and all of him which clings to our speech black god of our time. Quote Right
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