Very good. 8vo. Publisher's wraps. Wraps lightly toned and rubbed. Interior bright and clean. Very good. 128pp. Early collection of verse from this leader of the Black Arts Movement and Umbra Workshop co-founder.
First Ed thus, so stated; issued simultaneously with hardcover. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: light wear to extremities; mild rubbing, faint soiling, foxing, and age-toning to the wrapper covers; binding square and secure; text clean. Remains structurally sound and tightly bound; a sturdy, presentable copy with a clean text. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 128pp. Trade Paperback. A collection of poems by this important African American author, written between 1962 and 1969 and picturing what is happening at that time-ranging from Harlem to New Orleans and back to New York. David Henderson was born in 1942 in Harlem, New York City, New York, and was raised in Harlem and the Bronx. As a university student he studied communications, writing and Eastern Studies but never finished his degree. His first poem was published in 1960 in the weekly African-American newspaper The Black American. In 1963 Henderson co-founded Umbra, both a literary collective and literary magazine with other Black writers and artists in New York's Lower East Side. Henderson began as co-editor and then later became the general editor. Other notable editors and regular contributors to Umbra magazine include Tom Dent, Ishmael Reed, Brenda Walcott, N. H. Pritchard, Askia Toure, Lorenzo Thomas, Al Haynes and Calvin C. Hernton, among others. Nikki Giovanni and Quincy Troupe were also published in Umbra magazine. Henderson's first collection of poetry, entitled Felix of the Silent Forest, was published in 1967 under the Kriya Press imprint, with an introduction by Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones). In 2009 an expanded version of his 1978 critically acclaimed biography of Jimi Hendrix, Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky, was re-published with additional photographs and musings by Henderson.
Octavo. Cloth-backed, paper-covered boards; 128pp. Faint foxing to top edge, else a Fine, tight copy in unworn jacket, slightly toned on spine and extremities, still Near Fine. First published book by the important African-American poet, influential member of the Umbra group and founding editor of its journal Umbra.
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