Remembering the Boxing Poet

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He flipped similes and metaphors like a battle rapper holding court in a cipher that was his and his alone. Even his jabs were like couplets that told you more about yourself than you could have ever hoped to know.

NPR reflects on the legacy of the late Muhammad Ali, an artist who fought for freedom and truth through words in and out of the ring. From lyrical trash-talking to verses shouting to the heavens, calling for justice, Ali will always be remembered as the boxing poet, the greatest of all time.


Amanda Hildebrand is a painter and writer based in Los Angeles. She Instagrams: @amandahilly. More from this author →