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Legendary African-American poet Amiri Baraka is dead at age 79

Widely considered to be an extremely influential — and controversial — 20th-century American poet, Amiri Baraka has passed away. He was 79 years old and had been hospitalized briefly before succumbing to illness yesterday, Jan. 9. Baraka’s obituary in The … Continue reading

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“Rape Joke”: An important political poem, and the responsibilities of poetry

I’m a person who believes in the many, many functions of art: first, to move us, perhaps to inspire us to make our own art; secondly, to connect with and communicate to us, to show us different vantage points, perspectives … Continue reading

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Tracy K. Smith wins the Pulitzer for poetry!

Last week, Tracy K. Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her collection Life on Mars. I actually just finished reading these poems a month or so ago, and can say with absolute certainty that Smith deserves this recognition. … Continue reading

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