NEWARK REVIEW, Volume 2, set 4
Thus Spake Amiri Baraka
After reading, studying, and teaching his work over a dozen years, I met Amiri by chance standing in line behind him at a Maria João / Joshua Redman / BettyCarter concert at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in 1997. He invited me to come to Kimako's; my wife and I are now delighted regulars. After producing a couple of issues of NEWARK REVIEW making connections with that community, it made sense to ask Amiri to be contributor. He answered the invitation with this newly written (February '99) long piece, now the second single-author issue of NEWARK REVIEW. At first, a hypertext formulation for the piece was designed. However, it was ultimately decided that a linear, print-like presentation of the materials works best given the already unconventional structure of the writing.
Baraka, unbeknownst to many, is an active visual artist. His office is covered with dozens of his small colorful sketches (and sequences of sketches), many of which include written narrative. An exhibition of his work, Word Pictures, at the Aljira Gallery in Newark earlier in 1999 was popular and well-received. The image which adorns the cover of this issue (also used in various manifestations as a backdrop to all texts within) was created by Baraka.
NEWARK REVIEW is published steadily but at irregular intervals by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (thanks to the generosity of Professors Norbert Elliot and Robert Lynch). Submissions are welcome from artists and authors from New Jersey and the NJIT community; work focused on or related to New Jersey will also be considered. Please contact NEWARK REVIEW via email@example.com.
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