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Ammiel Alcalay

For Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

[Amiri Baraka; image from Ammiel Alcalay]

(On 19 October, 2013, Amiri Baraka visited the Cape Ann Museum. This is the text of the welcome given to him by the poet, novelist and translator, Ammiel Alcalay.) If performance, image, object and sound-making are forms of knowledge, then what we now call art gives a unique view of how things in the world are or are not responded to. In 1944, the great Martinican poet Aimé Césaire wrote “Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge” AND “what ...

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