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Saturday, January 11, 2014

R.I.P. Dept. - Amiri Baraka aka LeRoi Jones passed away at 79

Read his seminal "Blues People" in the '70s he wrote as LeRoi Jones and... WOW... I was into blues music forever.

I met him after a concert, in 2007, reading poems with a jazz combo... and, hey, he was Amiri Baraka, then... I hugged him.

A sincere voice of truest America... and a gentle spirit... I'll cherish even more a poems book he gave to me that evening of some years ago, with a soooo kind dedication.

Sure when a poet dies the Grim Reaper feels guilty.

R.I.P. dear Amiri...

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