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Poems That Kill

Author(s): Kotin, Joshua

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Abstract: “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.
Publication Date: 2021
Citation: Kotin, Joshua. "Poems That Kill." Critical Inquiry 47, no. 3 (2021): 456-476. doi:10.1086/713550.
DOI: doi:10.1086/713550
ISSN: 0093-1896
EISSN: 1539-7858
Pages: 456 - 476
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Critical Inquiry
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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