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July 3, 2010


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Ka ‘Ba by Imamu Amiri Baraka

A closed window looks down
on a dirty courtyard, and black people
call across or scream or walk across
defying physics in the stream of their will

Our world is full of sound
Our world is more lovely than anyone’s
tho we suffer, and kill each other
and sometimes fail to walk the air

We are beautiful people
with african imaginations
full of masks and dances and swelling chants

with african eyes, and noses, and arms,
though we sprawl in grey chains in a place
full of winters, when what we want is sun.

We have been captured,
brothers. And we labor
to make our getaway, into
the ancient image, into a new

correspondence with ourselves
and our black family. We read magic
now we need the spells, to rise up
return, destroy, and create. What will be

the sacred words?


    June 19, 2010

    Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems

    Black radical enigma.(The Essence of Reparations, Somebody Blew Up America and Other Poems, Amiri Baraka: The Politics and Art of a Black Intellectual, … Review): An article from: Monthly Review

    Somebody Blew Up America.

    Somebody Blew Up America

    Amiri Baraka



           (All thinking people   oppose terrorism   both domestic   & international…   But one should not    be used   To cover the other)
        They say its some terrorist, some         barbaric                          A Rab, in   AfghanistanIt wasn’t our American terroristsIt wasn’t the Klan or the Skin headsOr the them that blows up niggerChurches, or reincarnates us on Death RowIt wasn’t Trent LottOr David Duke or GiulianiOr Schundler, Helms retiring
        It wasn’tthe gonorrhea in costumethe white sheet diseasesThat have murdered black peopleTerrorized reason and sanityMost of  humanity, as they pleases
        They say (who say? Who do the sayingWho is them payingWho tell the liesWho in disguiseWho had the slavesWho got the bux out the Bucks
        Who got fat from plantationsWho genocided IndiansTried to waste the  Black nation
        Who live on Wall Street   The first plantationWho cut your nuts offWho rape your maWho lynched your pa
        Who got the tar, who got the feathersWho had the match, who set the firesWho killed and hiredWho say they God & still be  the Devil
        Who the biggest onlyWho the  most goodestWho do Jesus resemble
        Who created everythingWho  the smartestWho  the greatestWho  the richestWho say you ugly and they  the goodlookingest
        Who define artWho define science
        Who made the bombsWho made the guns
        Who bought the  slaves, who sold them
        Who called you them namesWho say Dahmer wasn’t insane        Who/  Who /  Who/
        Who stole Puerto RicoWho stole the Indies, the Philipines, Manhattan   Australia & The HebridesWho forced opium on the Chinese
        Who own them buildingsWho got the moneyWho think you funnyWho locked you upWho own the papers
        Who owned the slave shipWho run the army
        Who  the  fake presidentWho  the rulerWho  the banker                  Who/ Who/ Who/
        Who own the mineWho twist your mindWho  got breadWho need peaceWho you think need war
        Who own the oilWho do no toilWho own the soilWho is not a niggerWho is so great ain’t nobody bigger
        Who own  this city
        Who own the airWho own the water
        Who own your cribWho rob and steal and cheat and murder       and make lies the truthWho call you uncouth
        Who live in the biggest houseWho do the biggest crimeWho go on vacation anytime
        Who killed the most niggersWho killed the most JewsWho killed the most ItaliansWho killed the most IrishWho killed the most AfricansWho killed the most JapaneseWho killed the most Latinos
        Who own the ocean
        Who own the airplanesWho own the mallsWho own  televisionWho own  radio
        Who own what ain’t even known to be ownedWho own the owners that ain’t the real owners
        Who own the suburbsWho suck the citiesWho make the laws
        Who  made  Bush  presidentWho believe the confederate flag need to be flyingWho talk about democracy and be lying    WHO/ WHO/ WHOWHO/
        Who  the Beast in RevelationsWho  666Who decide   Jesus get crucified
        Who  the Devil on the real sideWho got rich from Armenian genocide
        Who  the biggest terroristWho change the bibleWho killed the most peopleWho do the most evilWho don’t worry about survival
        Who have the coloniesWho stole the most landWho rule the worldWho say they good but only do evilWho  the biggest executioner
           Who/Who/Who     ^^^
        Who own the oilWho want more oilWho told you what you think that later you find out a lieWho/ Who/ ???
        Who fount Bin Laden, maybe they SatanWho pay the CIA,Who knew the bomb was gonna blowWho know why the  terrorists   Learned to fly in Florida, San Diego
        Who know why Five Israelis was filming the explosion   And cracking they sides at the notion
        Who need fossil fuel when the sun ain’t goin’ nowhere
        Who make the credit cardsWho get the biggest tax cutWho walked out of the Conference   Against RacismWho killed Malcolm, Kennedy & his BrotherWho killed Dr King, Who would want such a thing?   Are they linked to the murder of Lincoln?
        Who invaded GrenadaWho made money from apartheidWho keep the Irish a colonyWho overthrow Chile and Nicaragua later
        Who killed David Sibeko,  Chris Hani,    the same ones who killed Biko, Cabral,       Neruda, Allende, Che Guevara, Sandino,
        Who killed Kabila,  the ones who wasted Lumumba, Mondlane , Betty Shabazz, Princess Margaret, Ralph Featherstone, Little Bobby
        Who locked up Mandela, Dhoruba, Geronimo,Assata, Mumia,Garvey, Dashiell Hammett, Alphaeus Hutton
        Who killed Huey Newton, Fred Hampton,    MedgarEvers, Mikey Smith, Walter Rodney,Was it the ones who tried to poison FidelWho tried to keep the Vietnamese Oppressed
        Who put a price on Lenin’s head
        Who put the Jews in ovens,     and who helped them   do itWho said “America First”        and ok’d  the yellow stars                                                WHO/WHO/ ^^ Who killed Rosa Luxembourg, LiebnecktWho murdered the Rosenbergs   And all the good people iced,   tortured , assassinated, vanished
        Who got rich from Algeria, Libya, Haiti,   Iran, Iraq, Saudi, Kuwait, Lebanon,   Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine,
        Who cut off peoples hands in the CongoWho invented Aids Who put the germs   In the Indians’ blanketsWho thought up “The Trail of Tears”
        Who blew up the Maine& started the Spanish American WarWho got Sharon back in PowerWho backed Batista, Hitler, Bilbo,      Chiang kai Chek                       who WHO   W H O/
        Who decided Affirmative Action had to go  Reconstruction, The New Deal, The New  Frontier, The Great Society,
        Who do Tom Ass Clarence Work forWho doo doo come out the Colon’s mouthWho know what kind of Skeeza is a CondoleezaWho pay Connelly to be a wooden negroWho give Genius Awards to Homo Locus       Subsidere
        Who overthrew Nkrumah,  Bishop,Who poison Robeson,        who try to put DuBois in JailWho frame Rap Jamil al Amin, Who frame the Rosenbergs, Garvey,         The Scottsboro Boys,      The Hollywood Ten 
        Who set the Reichstag Fire
        Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombedWho told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers   To stay home that dayWhy did Sharon stay away                    ?                                          /Who,Who, Who/                         explosion of Owl the newspaper saythe devil face cd be seen       Who  WHO     Who WHO
        Who make money from warWho make  dough from fear and liesWho want the world like it isWho want the world to be ruled by imperialism and national oppression and terror   violence, and hunger and poverty.
        Who is the ruler of Hell?Who is the most powerful 
        Who you know everSeen God?
        But everybody seenThe Devil 
        Like an Owl explodingIn your life in your brain in your selfLike an Owl who know the devilAll night, all day if you listen, Like an OwlExploding in fire. We hear the questions riseIn terrible flame like the whistle of a crazy dog
        Like the acid vomit of the fire of HellWho and Who and WHO (+) who who ^    Whoooo and Whooooooooooooooooooooo! 
                                     AMIRI B  10/01

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