Derbyshire on New Jersey’s official poet
Sent by reader Paul Henri, here is John Derbyshire’s 2002 article on New Jersey’s new poet laureate of that year, Amiri Baraka, a.k.a. Leroi Jones.
The cultural panjandrums of New Jersey are not, I hasten to add, the only people in awe of Mr. Baraka’s shimmering talent. The American Academy of Arts and Letters described him as “one of the most important African-American poets since Langston Hughes” when they inducted him last year. Never to be caught napping on any matter of high cultural import, the New York Times chimed in with an editorial calling him “a powerful and respected poet.”
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