“Incandescent and Incendiary”: The Poetry of Amiri Baraka

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 7.26.26 PMI’m very pleased that one of my portraits of the important American poet, Amiri Baraka (1934-2014), is part of the elegant and forceful cover design of the newly published career-spanning volume (from Grove Press).

Click here for today’s New York Times review and here for one in Publishers Weekly.

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2 Responses to “Incandescent and Incendiary”: The Poetry of Amiri Baraka

  1. WOW !! Great portrait and Congratulations Robin!

    Your post reminded me of this day:

    A friend James Gordon Williams a jazz musician — took me to see Loft Jazz concert in 2002 – at Columbia University

    Behind us sittting watching the concert was someone …who was making this sound of …rumbling through papers —

    Than the musicians announced Amiri Baraka and he came up to the podium

    Amiri Baraka recited his poem “Somebody blew up America” about the many who ?’ s — who dropped the bomb….

    Really history in the making ! What an incredibly powerful moment — poetry can really ignite the soul

    many thanks, Maggie

    Maggie Simonelli maggiesimonelli.com


    “Beauty awakens the soul to act.” ~Dante Alighieri

    • Thank you so much, Maggie, for your kind words about my portrait of Amiri Baraka (the new Grove Press book is great) and for telling me about your incredible experience hearing him read.
      And at the risk of sounding like a moron, have we ever met? I know you worked/studied with wonderful Manuel Pardo. And you and I have NYC #s that begin with 431. Undoubtedly we’re neighbors.
      all best,

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