NAKED: A New Poetry Collection

Abiodun Oyewole



A collection of poetry by Abiodun Oyewole, a founding member of The Last Poets, a spoken word performance group arising the 60's black nationalism movement.

In his new collection of poetry, Naked, Abiodun Oyewole unveils his thoughts on self-love, forgiveness, lost love, survival, and cultural identity. Known as a founding member of The Last Poets, a spoken word performance group that arose out of the black nationalism movement in East Harlem in the late 1960’s, Oyewole brings his revolutionary voice to this collection. His writing is straight-forward, engaging, and intense, with the poems taking on the shape of various emotions. Inspired by the “naked poetry” of Juan Ramón Jiménez, Naked is rooted in a striving for freedom, for an essential natural state devoid of all external adornment, turning sensations into concepts that express the concrete realization of nature itself. Written in free form, the brief transcendental poems of Naked convey the character of Oyewole, who has evolved into a master poet of his generation.
Contributor Bio(s)
Abiodun Oyewole is a poet, teacher, and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group, The Last Poets. He is the co-author of On a Misison: Selected Poems and a History of the Last Poets, author of Branches of the Tree of Life: The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole, and The Beauty of Being: A Collection of Fables, Short Stories & Essays, and editor of Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Personal Narratives.
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