September 5, 2007

Hump Day Poetry: Amiri Baraka

Posted in Poetry at 9:00 am by The Lizard Queen

Political Poem

(for Basil)

Luxury, then, is a way of
being ignorant, comfortably.
An approach to the open market
of least information. Where theories
can thrive, under heavy tarpaulins
without being cracked by ideas.

(I have not seen the earth for years
and think now possibly “dirt” is
negative, positive, but clearly
social. I cannot plant a seed, cannot
recognize the root with clearer dent
than indifference. Though I eat
and shit as a natural man. (Getting up
from the desk to secure a turkey sandwich
and answer the phone: the poem undone
undone by my station, by my station,
and the bad words of Newark.) Raised up
to the breech, we seek to fill for this
crumbling century. The darkness of love,
in whose sweating memory all error is forced.

Undone by the logic of any specific death. (Old gentlemen
who still follow fires, tho are quieter
and less punctual. It is a polite truth
we are left with. Who are you? What are you
saying? Something to be dealt with, as easily.
The noxious game of reason, saying, “No, No,
you cannot feel,” like my dead lecturer
lamenting thru gipsies his fast suicide.

—Imamu Amiri Baraka, 1964

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3 Comments »

  1. luaphacim said,

    I sure do like your poetry, buddy. 🙂

    Also, your kitties!

  2. Jak said,

    very classic yet modern feel. much enjoyed. thanks for posting.

  3. retro said,

    I just love the classics!


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