Poet Playwright Activist

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka with fifty years of writing experience is an internationally known figure in the literary world. Especially when it comes to literature, culture and rights of African Americans, his work cannot be ignored. He was one of the most prominent authors of his generation and even today is well recognized for his poetry, novels and music criticism.

A number of Baraka's poems are available online in written form along with sound files. Click on the links below and listen to the original versions of Baraka's poems. The list of poems includes, 'Somebody Blew Up America', 'The Academic Cowards of Reaction', 'Something in the Way of Things (featuring the Roots)', 'New Music, New Poetry' and 'In Walked Bud'.