Michelle Mendoza, Criszel Corpuz, Jan Kirby Zabala, Angelica Parangue. Black Arts Movement. BAM is a 60’s movement that emphasized on self-determination through self-reliance and black control of organizations and institutions.
Jan Kirby Zabala, Angelica Parangue
·Born on Oct.7, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey
·He was born as Everett LeRoi Jones and later changed it to Amiri Baraka.
·After the assassination of Malcom X, he moved to Harlem and became a Black Nationalist that broke free from the white Beat Generation and became an activist in the Civil Rights movement
·He was involved in many different types of jobs throughout his life.
·He established the Black Arts Repertory School (BARTS) and coined the term “Black Arts”
·Notable Works: A Good Girl Is Hard to Find, a play, The System of Dante’s Hell (1965), a novel, Tales (1967), a collection of short
stories, In the Funk World, a poem, and Ka’ba.
The poem is a subtle reference to the social discrimination and economic tension that play out in the lives of everyday people in Chicago's South Side neighborhood suffering from poverty
-Sonia Sanchez was born on September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. -Her mother died in childbirth a year later-In 1943, she moved to Harlem-Formed a writers' workshop in Greenwich Village &formed the "Broadside Quartet" of young poets-She married and divorced Albert Sanchez, a Puerto Rican immigrant, then married for two years to poe, Etheridge Knight. -Was very influential to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement.
-Reflecting upon her personal “love life”- “you left behind”--She has divorced twice & the poem reveals that her man has left her “On our bed”-- Uses the word “our” after the break up denoting that her bed belongs to her ex-husband (she misses him)- “Each Nite”--Misspells “Nite” for emphasis (Nights are long and dark)- “I breathe you and become high” - She longs for her ex-husband, her excessive thoughts about her ex-husband kills her and relaxes her at the same time.- Impossibilities: You can not gather up sounds or breathe people.-Tone:Melancholy
- “The rain exploding in the air is love”- Metaphor- “The grass excreting her green wax is love”-Metaphor- “stones remembering past steps is love”- Personification/Metaphor. Referring to history.- “You are too young for love”- Repetition for emphasis.-Tone changes from pessimistic to hopeful-She is remembering the explosion of the senses that love brings to one who has falllen HARD into love.-She fell asleep in her man's arms (she defines as love) - “Went to sleep in love”- In her love (within the man's arms; physically), and in love (emotionally).- In the beginning , she looked down on young love, but remembered that she was there at a point (hypocritical)- “All trace of me was wiped away”- refers to her divorce-Whether it is a mature or immature love, having your heart broken will have it's same effect- “forgive me if i smile”- She has hope- “ young heiress of a naked dream” - She will still stay strong even though her hopes and dreams were crushed through love.
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
By: Amiri BarakaLately, I've become accustomed to the way The ground opens up and envelopes me Each time I go out to walk the dog. Or the broad edged silly music the wind Makes when I run for a bus...Things have come to that.And now, each night I count the stars. And each night I get the same number. And when they will not come to be counted, I count the holes they leave.Nobody sings anymore.And then last night I tiptoed up To my daughter's room and heard her Talking to someone, and when I opened The door, there was no one there... Only she on her knees, peeking intoHer own clasped hands