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amiri baraka is a hack

2 October 2002 _ 14h13m09 EDT
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~ our unrequisitioned approval of the demand of the resignation of the poet laureate of new jersey, amiri baraka, aka leroi jones, is based not upon his antisemitism or his lack of information of recent events – these shortcomings are so simply understood that a case against them needs little to be mounted – but instead upon the evident inferiority of his capabilities as a wordsmith:

“Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed
Who told 4,000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers
To stay home that day
Why did Sharon stay away?”

the craft exhibited here is less impressive than many of the adolescent entries to the high school literary magazine upon whose staff we served as ‘art director’ before being ousted from our position and called to the guidance counselor’s office to discuss the revelation of certain suicidal tendencies known as “high school poetry”.

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