Michael S. Harper: About Amiri Baraka
In the mid-sixties, a growing disenchantment with American society as a whole coalesced in Mr. Baraka as a rejection of white America and any hopes he had harbored of building a truly multiracial nation. Mr. Baraka then focused his artistic efforts in and on the black community and became an active and adept politician as well. He has described his evolving position: "To understand that you are black in a society where black is an extreme liability is one thing, but to understand that it is the society that is lacking and impossibly deformed, and not yourself, isolates you even more." The poetry of Amiri Baraka can be by turns tender, angry, and funny, written in many different styles, tones, and techniques. It is a window into the rage of some mid-century blacks, particularly those of urban ghettoes, who have watched several social "movements" come and go without much substantive change.
From the "Introduction," to Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep. Copyright © 1994 by Michael S. Harper.
|Title||Michael S. Harper: About Amiri Baraka||Type of Content||Biographical|
|Criticism Author||Michael S. Harper||Criticism Target||Amiri Baraka|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||06 Apr 2015|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945|
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