This is a personal blog of Anthony Reed. I teach courses on African American and African diaspora literature and culture at Yale University. See my faculty page here, and find information about my recently published book, Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing, here. My research covers a range of topics related to the intersections of aesthetics–with particular emphasis on music and poetry–and politics. This blog is a kind of notepad for thoughts in progress, often about contemporary matters.

The blog’s title comes from Amiri Baraka’s question at the end of his poem “Ka ‘Ba”:

We have been captured,
brothers. And we labor
to make our getaway, into
the ancient image, into a new

correspondence with ourselves
and our black family. We read magic
now we need the spells, to rise up
return, destroy, and create. What will be

the sacred words?

This is in pursuit of those sacred words, wherever they may be, and in pursuit of the greater freedom they intend.


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