In this short Afro-futurist story by Amiri Baraka from 1995, an unnamed inventor has found a way to travel back in time, through song. “I pushed the Anyscape into Rhythm Spectroscopic Transformation. And then I got it tuned to combine the Anywhereness and the Reappearance as music!” the inventor explains. “Now I added Rhythm Travel! You can disappear & reappear wherever and whenever that music played.”
writer, essayist, playwright, and music critic
Amiri Baraka (1934–2014) was a writer of fiction, poetry, drama, political essays, and music criticism, and a founding member of the Black Arts Movement in the United States (which started in Harlem in the mid-1960s). His books include Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1963), Wise, Why’s Y’s (1995), Tales of the Out & the Gone (2006), and many others. Listen to Baraka read from his poem Why is We Americans here.