Amiri Baraka Died

He was seventy-nine.

For those who don’t know Amiri Baraka, née LeRoi Jones was proudly politically aggressive and militant, committed to justice for African-Americans. At his best, one of America’s best poets. At his worst, an enormous ass. But there you are. And I’m sad he’s gone, especially since there are none like him, least ways, none with his public profile, coming down the pipe.

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