A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet

(1970)

"A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet" is the fourth song of David N. Baker's song cycle The Black Experience. The cycle sets the poetry of Mari Evans.

Even though the song cycle is out-of-print, "A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet" is published in the anthology Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers.

A Good Assassination Should Be Quiet
by Mari Evans


he had
A Dream
e x p loded
down
his
th r o a t.


whereon
a million hard white eyes
swung impiously heavenward
to mourn
the gross indelicate demise


such public death
transgresses
all known rules


A good assassination
should be quiet


and occupy the heart
four hundred
years


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