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In Memoriam

Tooting on His Sideways Horn

January 9, 2014 | by

amiri baraka

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Amiri Baraka died today, at seventy-nine; The Paris Review had the pleasure of publishing several of his poems. Baraka wrote “Pres Spoke a Language” to celebrate the jazz saxophonist Lester Young, but one could just as easily apply its eulogy to the poet himself:

Pres
had a language
and a life, like,
all his own,
but in the teeming whole of us he lived
tooting on his sideways horn

Read “Pres Spoke a Language” here.

 

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