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Amiri Baraka (1934-)
Baraka was born Everett LeRoy Jones in Newark, New Jersey. In 1952 he changed his name to LeRoi Jones. In 1967 he adopted the African name Imamu Ameer Baraka, which he later changed to Amiri Baraka.

["haiku-like" poems]

Ancient Music

The main thing
to be against
is Death!

Everything Else
is a


In the Funk World

If Elvis Presley/ is
Who is James Brown,


"Monday in B-Flat"

I can pray
all day
& God
wont come.

But if I call
The Devil
Be here

in a minute!

Un Poco Low Coup
by Amiri Baraka
Ishmael Reed Publishing Co./Berkeley, 2004, 23 pages

In this latest chapbook from one of the 20th century's most vital and revolutionary authors, "haiku-like" poems are set visually on canvas-like pages, blurring, the line between visual and poetic art.

Front cover

Arrival, p. 1.

Catch 27, p. 2.

Evening Slave, p. 3.

Figure Out, p. 4.

Fortune, p. 5.

Royalty, p. 6.

The Rich, p. 7.

Devil, p. 8.

Geobolical, p. 9.

The Main Thing, p. 10.

Buddha, p. 11.

The Blues, p. 12.

Animal Scientist, p. 13.

Culture, p. 14.

Larger Needle, p. 15.

Paradigm, p. 16.

Craziness, p. 17.

Heaven, p. 18.

Negrossity, p. 19.

Quiet, p. 20.

Silent Night, p. 21.

So Crazy, p. 22.

So What, p. 23.