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Amiri Baraka Presentation


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A brief presentation for my Creative Writing class, discussing a particular poet we admire. I chose Amiri Baraka.

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Amiri Baraka Presentation

  1. 1. “ Somebody Blew Up America”
  2. 2. <ul><li>Amiri Baraka was born Everette Leroi Jones in Newark, New Jersey in 1934. </li></ul><ul><li>Baraka’s work is influenced John Coltraine, Sun Ra to the Cuban Revolution, Malcolm X, and other movements. </li></ul><ul><li>Baraka is renowned as the founder of the Black Arts Movement in Harlem in the 1960s. </li></ul><ul><li>Baraka served as poet laureate for the state of New Jersey </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Somebody Blew Up America was published in “Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems”. </li></ul><ul><li>The poem caused disapproval from the governor of New Jersey and a legion of other detractors that called for his resignation as the state of New Jersey poet laureate. </li></ul><ul><li>Somebody Blew Up America stirred a lot of media attention and is one of the more controversial pieces of its time. </li></ul>