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A Terrible Wholeness

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lipstickAmiri Baraka – I Love Music (2’15”). Recorded on reel-to-reel by Robert Creeley on December 8, 1978 in Buffalo. Background on event. More Baraka on Pennsound. “The poem ‘I Love Music’ was written to recall when I was locked up in solitary confinement after the Newark rebellions in 1967. I sat one afternoon and whistled all the Trane I remembered. And then later that afternoon they told me he had died. But I knew even then that that was impossible” (from Baraka’s liner notes to The Last Giant, cited here).

Written by Steve Evans

June 19, 2009 at 11:55 am

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