Excerpt from

Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
(For Kellie Jones, Born 16 May 1959)

Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelops me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.
Or the broad-edged silly music the win
Makes when I run for the bus...


Amiri Baraka's official website

From Modern American Poetry

Interview with Aaron Winslow in The Argotist Online:

For me Content is the important aspect of the two aspects of art, i.e. Form and Content. Mao put it thus, we should create an art that is “Artistically powerful and Politically Revolutionary”. It is also Mao who asks “For Whom” do you write? That is the important prescription for 'popularity' at least for the class you write for. But at the same time I am 'popular' with the class I have chosen to write for, I am intensely unpopular with the class that I attack (specifically or objectively), With that “For Whom” also describes the language I choose, a 'popular' language, a mass language..

"Somebody Blew Up America"