Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn
The Collected Letters
Publication Year: 2013
From the end of the 1950s through the middle of the 1960s, Amiri Baraka (b. 1934) and Edward Dorn (1929–99), two self-consciously avant-garde poets, fostered an intense friendship primarily through correspondence. The early 1960s found both poets just beginning to publish and becoming public figures. Bonding around their commitment to new and radical forms of poetry and culture, Dorn and Baraka created an interracial friendship at precisely the moment when the Civil Rights Movement was becoming a powerful force in national politics. The major premise of the Dorn-Jones friendship as developed through their letters was artistic, but the range of subjects in the correspondence shows an incredible intersection between the personal and the public, providing a schematic map of what was so vital in postwar American culture to those living through it.
Their letters offer a vivid picture of American lives connecting around poetry during a tumultuous time of change and immense creativity. Reading through these correspondences allows access into personal biographies, and through these biographies, profound moments in American cultural history open themselves to us in a way not easily found in official channels of historical narrative and memory.
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
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Foreword: From the Archive Out
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The inauguration of Recencies is a most welcome addition to the field of pos-sibilities in contemporary literary studies and yet another indication that new pressures are being brought to bear on our conceptions of recent cultural history. By creating a space for older work to be seen anew, the series further formalizes an important shift in recent scholarship. T_he early idea for Claudia Moreno Pisano’s extraordinary project to collect the letters written between poets Edward Dorn ...
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Ed Dorn & the Western World is the keynote speech delivered by Amiri Baraka on March 4, 2008, at the Ed Dorn Symposium hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder, originally published by Skanky Possum & Ef_f_ing Press, Austin, 2008. I first came upon Ed when I was putting out the magazine Yugen from Green- wich Village, a few months after I got thrown out of the US Air Force. T_his marked a remarkable sequence since I had joined the Air Force—Error Farce I later ...
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I would like to thank, first, Ammiel Alcalay for not only introducing and sharing a tremendous body of knowledge but for serving as staunch believer in and facilitator for my intellectual pursuits. Without the support, advice, and enthusiasm of those closest to these letters, Amiri Baraka and Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, this project would not exist. I thank them both for their permission to take these letters out of the archives, as well as for their patient work in helping me ...
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From the end of the 1950s through the middle of the 1960s, Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn fostered a friendship primarily through correspondence. T_hough many of the original letters have been lost over time, those that do exist testify to the complicated and intense friendship of these two self-consciously avant-garde poets. Bonding around their commitment to new and radical forms of poetry and culture, Dorn and Baraka also created an interracial friendship at ...
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The LeRoi Jones–Edward Dorn correspondence begins with a request, from Jones in New York to Dorn in Santa Fe: “I’d like to have a couple of poems.” The poetry is the starting place, the central point around which these artists’ lives revolved. The letters from these first two years make clear how quickly the two poets realized their friendship, levels of ease in conversation belying their short acquain-tance. They began to share their poetry, to share admiration and argument around ...
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Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Recencies: Research and Recovery in Twentieth-Century American Poetics