It is the question of "Who" that moves one when listening to this poem. It reminds me of the days of the Beatniks. Makes me want to snap my fingers as my mind views his words. It is a question that does not need a formal response. The answers are in the Mr. Amiri Baraka's questions of "Who?" It is similar to the question asked by some post September 11, 2001. What did you do to them? The "Who" was already known. It was the details of what the "Who" had done to these people to make them so angry to fly planes into buildings and kill Americans. I asked neither questione as I knew the answers. I just needed the specifics of the details of the "What." So I wrote that that history would tell the "What" as it told the "What" that made Native Americans so angry as to attack the settlers. Thus for me my titled writing "Savages and Militants and Terrorist - The War Against Those Who Fight Back. That is those who fight back against the "Who."
Let Mr. Baraka move you. Close your eyes if needed. Snap your fingers if needed. Listen again and again if needed and tell me and the Newsviners what you feel and think about the "Who." We all at some time can be victimized by Mr. Baraka's "Who."
Link to more about the poem
"Somebody Blew Up America" by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown-saxophone, recorded live on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY.
The poet icon and political activist Amiri Baraka performs with Rob Brown, an eloquent and versatile saxophonist with a deep knowledge of jazz, in a reading from his book "Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems.
This production is part of "Free Jazz at the Sanctuary," a 13-part series of performance videos featuring some of the world's most talented improvisers. Each hour-long show is available on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery (www.downtownmusicgallery.com). For more information on this series, visit www.JazzSanctuary.org