Storm over state laureate's 911 poem
Mr Baraka, formerly Leroi Jones, wrote an ode suggesting that Israel had advance knowledge of the plot to attack the World Trade Center.
Legislators in New Jersey, which borders New York and was home to many 911 victims, will decide Baraka's fate later this month, with most bent on sacking him from the $10,000-a-year post as the state's poet laureate.
The school board in Newark - the state's largest city - voted unanimously on December 18 to anoint Baraka, a respected black community leader, as the official poet of their schools.
Baraka's offending poem, "Somebody Blew Up America" mused:
"Who told the 4,000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers To stay home that day Why did Sharon stay away?"
While the theory has been roundly debunked, he stands by his contention that Israel was forewarned of the terrorist attacks.