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Amiri Baraka Quotable


AA: How did you develop your voice (both literary and politically?) So many younger poets copy you (understandably so). Do you have any advice on how we younger poets can develop our own voice and style as you have?

AB: Dont worry about form, except as a verb. Come from yr feelings! Let form be live and your voice will settle it.
But you shd try to know what is the state of the art (most advanced) in all genres…from  poetry or singing to film making to boxing, &c  AB 10/20/09

About Abdul Ali

I'm a fellow at American University studying creative nonfiction and poetry. I write across a few genres but it's all brought together by larger questions about culture.


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