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Poet Umar Bin Hassan on a genius you need to know

"As far as I'm concerned Amiri Baraka (aka Leroi Jones) should have long ago been nominated for the Nobel Prize In Literature"

Umar Bin Hassan from the legendary Last Poets group tells us who should’ve won the Nobel Prize before Bob Dylan

“As far as I’m concerned Amiri Baraka (aka Leroi Jones) should have long ago been nominated for the Nobel Prize In Literature. His poetry and writings spawned countless poets and activists. I and the rest of the Last Poets consider him our father and patron saint. Every time I wrote a poem I wanted it to sound like an Amiri Baraka poem. Matter of fact, the greatest compliment ever paid to me was when one critic of my poem This is Madness said it sounded like an Baraka creation with its imagery. His cadence, rhythm, and the depth of his images were brilliant and absolutely eternal.”

The Last Poets will be performing and in conversation at Southbank Centre’s Being A Man Festival on Saturday November 26


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