'Pat your foot and turn the corner': Amiri Baraka, the Black Arts Movement, and the poetics of a popular avant-garde

@article{Smethurst2003PatYF,
  title={'Pat your foot and turn the corner': Amiri Baraka, the Black Arts Movement, and the poetics of a popular avant-garde},
  author={J. Smethurst},
  journal={African American Review},
  year={2003},
  volume={37},
  pages={261}
}
My larger objective here is to engage the current cultural conversation about the nature of the Black Arts Movement and its impact on politics and culture in the United States and beyond. So while I honor the significance of Amiri Baraka's work as artist, critic, and activist, my intention is to place that work within a movement in which Baraka is but one voice among many, albeit an important one. In other words, in the spirit of Baraka's own critical and autobiographical writings, I want to… Expand
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