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51.

Listen for the Fig Tree
New York: Viking Press, [1974]. First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket by Leo and Diane Dillon; 175,[1]pp. Near Fine. Young adult novel following a young blind girl's aspiration to go to her first Kwanza celebration.
[Item #25104]
Price: $25.00
 
Listen for the Fig Tree
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Swallow the Lake
Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1970. First Edition. The author's first poetry collection from a mainstream publisher, and third book, following a novel and his influential 1969 anthology The New Black Poetry. . First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm); gray cloth, with titles stamped in black and blue on spine; dustjacket; 64pp. Fine in...
[Item #25102]
Price: $25.00
 
Swallow the Lake
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The Silhouette of a Pen: New Poems
Milwaukee: Shore Publishing Co. [1971]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original white card wrappers printed in black and gilt; 96pp. Fine. Apparently the only published collection from this Chicago-born, African-American poet. The poems are mostly on themes of love and religious inspiration, though a few works are devoted to problems of...
[Item #25101]
Price: $45.00
 
The Silhouette of a Pen: New Poems
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Soulful Sounds
New York: Exposition Press, 1973. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 64pp. Fine in crisp, unworn dustwrapper. Self-published collection by a Florida poet, on themes of Blackness including a section of homages to various African-American personages including Martin Luther King, Nikki Giovanni, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin.
[Item #25100]
Price: $50.00
 
Soulful Sounds
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Song for Nia: A Poetic Essay in Three Parts
Detroit: Broadside Press, [1971]. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm.); original red, black, and green staplebound wrappers; 38,[2]pp. Fine. Long poem dedicated to the author's then year-old daughter Nia Long, present-day actress best known for her roles in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Boyz n the Hood," and "Boiler Room."
[Item #25098]
Price: $20.00
 
Song for Nia: A Poetic Essay in Three Parts
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Pieces of Peace: Concepts of a Poet
Jericho, NY: Exposition Press, 1974. First Edition. Volume of self-published poetry by the Milton, NC native, who calls this book a "gracious message to his fellow man...a gift of peace for today's world and generations to follow." First Printing. Octavo (21cm); light blue imitation cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in...
[Item #25097]
Price: $40.00
 
Pieces of Peace: Concepts of a Poet
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The Treehouse and Other Poems
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1968. Second Printing. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial card wrappers; 24pp. Minor cover soil; Very Good or better. Second printing of the Nebraska-born author's scarce second book, preceded by a critical volume on Langston Hughes.
[Item #25095]
Price: $25.00
 
The Treehouse and Other Poems
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The magic sun spins
London: Paul Breman, 1975. First Edition. Early poetry collection by the Brooklyn native, a winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry. Southerland's poems have been collected in the pages of The Journal of Black Poetry and Black World; she is currently a professor of African Literature at Pace University...
[Item #25094]
Price: $25.00
 
The magic sun spins
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Portrait of a Poet
San Francisco: The Author, 1970. Second Paperback Edition. Collection of self-published poems, heavily infused with Black Power rhetoric, occasionally coupled with parodies of childhood nursery rhymes, viz:  "Hickory, hickory, dock! / The white man's tricks / Have been unlocked!" Slim octavo (21.5cm); photo-illustrated wrappers, stapled; 36pp. Light wear to extremities, with...
[Item #25091]
Price: $25.00
 
Portrait of a Poet
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Stones Asking Stars. An Anthology of Poetry Written by Students of Dillard University
New Orleans: Dillard University, Department of English, 1974. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Staple-bound, pictorial card wrappers; 41pp. Minor soil to wrapper extremities, else Near Fine. First of an intended annual anthology, though we find no evidence that further volumes were produced. Dillard University is an historically Black college in New...
[Item #25090]
Price: $30.00
 
Stones Asking Stars. An Anthology of Poetry Written by Students of Dillard University
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October Journey
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1973. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial card wrappers; 38pp. Fine, unworn and unread copy. Late work by the 1942 recipient of the Yale Younger Poets award. Uncommon in fine condition.
[Item #25089]
Price: $50.00
 
October Journey
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Black Man in America: Last Minute to Produce
New York: Exposition Press, [1973]. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket printed in blue; 45pp. Minor uneven toning to jacket, else About Fine. African-American author's rather scathing criticism of the black population, inspired by desegregation as well as the rise of birth control and the...
[Item #25088]
Price: $40.00
 
Black Man in America: Last Minute to Produce
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Where Peaceful Waters Flow
Boulder Creek, CA: Triton Press, 1977. First Edition. Second volume of poetry by the Fairfield, Alabama native, a crudely-illustrated poetic cycle which begins in childhood and ends in death. Uncommon; we find no copies for sale in the trade (2015), with OCLC showing a single copy held at Brown. First...
[Item #25087]
Price: $40.00
 
Where Peaceful Waters Flow
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Black Voices from Prison [...] and Other Inmates of Indiana State Prison
New York: Pathfinder Press, 1970. Second printing of the first English-language edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original black pictorial wrappers; 189pp. Extremities slightly rubbed, very occasional pencil underlining, else Very Good and sound. "A Merit Book." Anthology edited by a former inmate whose first book Poems from Prison was published by Broadside...
[Item #25086]
Price: $25.00
 
Black Voices from Prison [...] and Other Inmates of Indiana State Prison
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ZBC 1994: A Geonomical Solution to the Problem of Haphazard Black Migration
San Ramon, CA: San Ramon Valley Counseling, Consultation and Education Services, 1972. First printing, simultaneous with a hardcover edition. Octavo (23cm). Pictorial card wrappers; 157, [70]pp. Mild soil to covers, else Near Fine. Analysis of American racial conflict from a geographical perspective, suggesting a solution lies in altering the migration...
[Item #25085]
Price: $25.00
 
ZBC 1994: A Geonomical Solution to the Problem of Haphazard Black Migration
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Judith's Blues
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1973. First Edition. The native Rhode Island author's first collection of poetry. An influential (if largely unsung), widely-anthologized voice in the Black Arts Movement, Simmons was a performer with Amiri Baraka in San Francisco and Oakland, and was a prominent editor, reviewer and broadcaster. In her later...
[Item #25084]
Price: $30.00
 
Judith's Blues
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The Folk Roots of Contemporary Afro-American Poetry
Detroit: Broadside Press, [1974]. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (21.5cm.); white pictorial card wrappers printed in red and black; 80pp. Some very minor uneven toning to wrapper extremities, else Fine. Broadside Critics Series no. 3. Issued simultaneously in cloth. Study of the influence of Johann Herder and W.E.B. DuBois on...
[Item #25083]
Price: $25.00
 
The Folk Roots of Contemporary Afro-American Poetry
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The Cotton Club: New Poems
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1972. First Edition. Major's fourth collection of poetry, poems which, according to Eugene Redmond, attempt to "preserve and present a black past using traditional themes of the mulatto, violence against blacks, the creation and development of jazz and blues." First Printing. Slim Octavo (21.5cm); photo-illustrated wrappers, stapled;...
[Item #25081]
Price: $20.00
 
The Cotton Club: New Poems
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Scarecrow
Garden City: Doubleday, 1970. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 293pp. Remainder spray to bottom edge of text block, else straight and tight in lightly soiled, VG+ dustwrapper. The author's first novel, a detective story "... of many dimensions: sex, drugs, mythology, witchcraft, violence, deformity, tenderness, fear, diabolic possession...
[Item #25079]
Price: $35.00
 
Scarecrow
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The Weeping Poet
New York: Carlton Press, 1975. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 48pp. Fine in lightly dusted jacket, Near Fine. Self-published collection by an Alabama author. Much on the plight of the black urban poor, especially women; as the title warns, Ms. Rutledge's work has a tendency toward the lachrymose.
[Item #25078]
Price: $45.00
 
The Weeping Poet
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We A BaddDDD People
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1971. Sanchez's second collection of revolutionary poetry, with an introduction by Dudley Randall. Second Printing. Slim octavo (21.5cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 72pp; illus. Hint of foxing to upper edge of text, else Fine and unread.
[Item #25076]
Price: $25.00
 
We A BaddDDD People
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The Clarion People
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 180pp. Spotting to upper edge of text block, else a tight, Near Fine copy in Fine, unworn dustwrapper. The Philadelphia author's first novel, of crime and poverty in an inner-city Black ghetto.
[Item #25075]
Price: $45.00
 
The Clarion People
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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down [Limited Paperback Edition]
Garden City: Doubleday, 1969. First Edition. Octavo. Printed card wrappers; 177pp. Covers very slightly toned at extremities, else Fine. Reed's second novel, a black-themed wild-west parody. This "Limited Paperback Edition" from Doubleday (as stated on front wrapper) was presumably an advance review copy, though absent a bibliography we can't definitely...
[Item #25074]
Price: $50.00
 
Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down [Limited Paperback Edition]
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Journal of Black Poetry: 1st Pan African Issue - Vol.1, No.13 (Winter-Spring 1970)
San Francisco: Journal of Black Poetry, 1970. First Edition. Large issue of this Black Arts literary journal, featuring contributions by Wanda Coleman, Marvin X, Sister Zubena, Sarah Webster Fabio, Pearl Cleage, Audre Lorde, Nikki Grimes, Amiri Baraka, Edward Braithwaite and others. Quarto (28.25cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 116pp, [4]; illus. Some...
[Item #25073]
Price: $35.00
 
Journal of Black Poetry: 1st Pan African Issue - Vol.1, No.13 (Winter-Spring 1970)
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Black Volume
Mount Vernon, NY: A & J Press, 1973. "Revised Edition" Shands's first book, collecting 28 poems "for mature readers...varying in theme from Vietnam to mental illness and in form from sonnet to haiku..." The author was a former lecturer in the English department at Baruch College in New York City.  Laudatory...
[Item #25072]
Price: $45.00
 
Black Volume

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