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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Amiri Baraka on writing, poetry, books, agony, evil, love, poets, poems, artist, justice and people.

10 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Amiri Baraka For All Book Lovers

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: October 7, 1934

Died On: January 9, 2014

Born In: Newark

Founder / Co Founder: Totem Press

Died At Age: 79

Amiri Baraka, born Everett LeRoi Jones, was a distinguished African-American poet who also wrote essays, music criticism, fiction and drama. Famous as the founder of ‘Black Arts Movement’, his works were mostly belligerent and dealt with racism. People claimed that Baraka’s thoughts and work expressed homophobia, bigotry, misogyny and savagery. Yet, he is considered to be one of best African- American writer who defined the culture of the country through his writings. His career spread for 50 years and throughout this period his works, books, writings and thoughts awakened a large number of readers on the political condition of the African- Americans. “The book Of Monk”, “New Music” and “The Music: Reflection on Jazz and Blues”, are few of the notable poems that he penned. This celebrated music critic was distinguished for his classic history, ‘Blues People: Negro Music in White America’ which traced black music to contemporary jazz.  Amiri was also known as the ‘Articulate Jazz Critic’. His first play, 'Dutchman' tells the story of an intellectual white American and black women on train. Preface to a ‘Twenty Volume Suicide Note’ is a collection of his poems which was published in 1961. An expert in his field, he has motivated many with his thoughts and works. Here, we have collected few of Amiri Baraka’s quotes and sayings that would give you a glimpse of his mind. Presenting a collection of quotes and thoughts by Amiri Baraka on writing, poetry, books, agony, evil, love, poets, poems, artist, justice and people.

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And now each night, I count the stars. And each night I get the same number. And when the stars won't come to be counted, I count the holes they leave.

Amiri Baraka

I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes.

Amiri Baraka

There is no justice in America, but it is the fight for justice that sustains you

Amiri Baraka

A system that warehouses people is not the cure for social ills

Amiri Baraka

What is lost because it is most precious what is most precious because it is lost

Amiri Baraka

I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes. Smell what fouled tunes come in to his breath. Love his wretched women.

Amiri Baraka

From the slave ship to the citizenship we faced a lot of bullship

Amiri Baraka

& love is an evil word. Turn it backwards/see, see what I mean? An evol word.

Amiri Baraka

You look like death eating a soda cracker.

Amiri Baraka

Can't be rockefeller ... must be the devil

Amiri Baraka