Amiri Baraka

The strength, resilience, and beauty of the Cuban woman astounds me…



by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada

Beautiful black women, 
it is still raining in this terrible land. 
We need you. We flex our muscles, 
turn to stare at our tormentor, 
we need you. Raining.
We need you, reigning, black queen.

(from the poem Beautiful Black Women)

Amiri Baraka died on January 9th in Newark, New Jersey, not far from where he had been born 79 years ago with the name of Everett LeRoi Jones. Those who were close in the intensive care ward of the hospital where he spent his last month, say that poetry also accompanied him to the end. 


I met him back in the sixties of last century, when he was known as LeRoi Jones. Despite his youth he was already a recognized writer. He had published “Blues People: Negro Music in White America “, an essential text considered “the first great history of black music…

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About cubanabooks

Cubanabooks is a small independent press devoted to bringing first-class literature from Cuban women to a United States audience as well as to a global English and Spanish-speaking public. Publishing select literary gems in English or in bilingual English/Spanish volumes, Cubanabooks aims to correct the current U.S. unavailability of excellent literature from Cubans living in Cuba. At this time we prioritize the dissemination of works by living female writers who reside on the island. The founder and senior editor is Dr. Sara E. Cooper (Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 1999), Professor of Spanish at California State University, Chico.
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