Sunday, February 9, 2014

A month of coverage on Amiri Baraka

Well, here we are, a month after the passing of Amiri Baraka. People wrote reflections on Facebook and Twitter. People published pieces on blogs and in newspapers. Folks wrote poems. Some people posted video tributes.

Me? I turned to bibliography. I began reading and collecting the various items on Baraka that I was coming across each day. I built this entry Coverage on Amiri Baraka's Passing, which grew and grew. I was and remain really saddened by Baraka's loss. Even now, writing that hurts.  

The only slight comfort I had was being intrigued by the diversity of responses about him. There's usually rarely such widespread coverage on a poet at any point. Even when poets die do you see so much extensive writing from various quarters.

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