Poems that kill

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“Poems That Kill” examines the connection between poetry and revolution in Amiri Baraka’s “Black Art” (1965) and in general. The article tracks how Baraka uses poetry to start or advance a revolution in his own life, in the lives of his contemporaries, in poetry, in our present moment, and in the future. The article also discusses poetic address (how poems address readers), sincerity, ambiguity, and hate speech.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-476
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Inquiry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities


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