Amiri Baraka | Books | The GuardianBaraka's career spanned nearly 50 years, and his themes range from black liberation to white racism. Some poems that are always associated with him are "The Music: Reflection on Jazz and Blues", "The Book of Monk", and "New Music, New Poetry", works that draw on topics from the worlds of society, music, and literature. In the African-American community, some compare Baraka to James Baldwin and recognize him as one of the most respected and most widely published black writers of his generation. His father Colt Leverette Jones worked as a postal supervisor and lift operator. He wanted to be just like Miles Davis. That gorgeous chilling sweet sound. That's the music you wanted playing when you was coming into a joint, or just looking up at the sky with your baby by your side, that mixture of America and them changes, them blue African magic chants.
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The dramatist, novelist and poet, Amiri Baraka is one of the most respected and widely published African-American writers. With the beginning of Black Civil Rights Movements during the sixties, Baraka explored the anger of African-Americans and used his writings as a weapon against racism. Also, he advocated scientific socialism with his revolutionary inclined poems and aimed at creating aesthetic through them.
Amiri Baraka, who has died aged 79, was an African-American writer who chose separation rather than integration. In , James Baldwin, the most prominent black author of the period, had asked, "Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house? By then a successful poet and playwright, with Beat generation affinities, Jones left his white wife and their two daughters, changed his name he gave the meaning of Amiri Baraka as "blessed prince" , and moved from the downtown bohemian hangout of Greenwich Village to Harlem. There, he helped found the Black Arts repertory theatre on th Street no whites allowed , which staged his own plays as well as work by those who, like him, believed in "a blacker art". As Jones, he had had success as both a poet and a playwright; as Baraka, his work became increasingly didactic and the activist in him took over from the writer. His first theatrical publication under his new name was Four Black Revolutionary Plays
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I n , when the play Dutchman by LeRoi Jones premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, terms such as "black nationalism", "black aesthetic" and "the black criterion" were seldom uttered by writers and artists. Three years later, by which time Jones had transformed himself into Amiri Baraka, or "Blessed Prince", the labels and concepts they had introduced were impossible to ignore.
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Search more than 3, biographies of contemporary and classic poets. There he joined a loose circle of Greenwich Village artists, musicians, and writers. The following year he married Hettie Cohen and began co-editing the avant-garde literary magazine Yugen with her.
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