Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amiri Baraka was the intellectual heir of Malcolm X. Had the pleasure of seeing him read poetry at a festival in Santa Cruz, back in the day when poets seemed to run the town. I'm now reading his letters to Ed Dorn, poet of the Black Mountain School. They were both brilliant, determined to get to the bottom of things, no compromise on that. And that's what we were doing in Santa Cruz at about the same time. Groups of poets in different "schools" debating, arguing, throwing aspersions, but basically admitting we were in the same tribe. I guess. :)

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