Friday, February 10, 2023

Amiri Baraka's Onslaught of Poetic Jokes and Insults

On April 6, 2002, at the close of a lecture at Penn State, Amiri Baraka read his poem "Jungle Jim Flunks His Screen Test." The poem was captivating and far out in all kinds of ways. I was a graduate student at the time, and had no idea that the poem would someday become part of my book Bad Men

I was fortunate to have recorded Baraka giving that reading. Over the years -- for two decades! -- I played  the poem for students. Only a bad man poet could produce and perform such an audacious composition, offering these artful insults of so many different people. 

In my book, I provided an extended treatment of "Jungle Jim Flunks His Screen Test," focusing on Baraka's onslaught of poetic jokes and insults. 


Note: For a 30% discount, use the promo code 10FEB23 when and if purchasing the book on the University of Virginia Press site.  (For February 2023 only).

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