For Malcolm
  • For Malcolm


    Gwendolyn Brooks, LeRoi Jones, John Sinclair, many others.


    Detroit: Broadside Press, 1967. Octavo. Perfect-bound paper wraps, some soiling and light toning near the edges, light foxing on the fore-edge. 127 pages. First edition. Near fine.


    Poems on the Life and the Death of Malcolm X. These poems mark the occasion: a man shot down in his prime, a man who represented ideas that needed to be snuffed out. In sum a definitive commentary on the tragic dimensions of the murder and its imagined impact on the world to come. The Broadside Press was created by Dudley Randall in 1965 in Detroit and run out of his home, with limited funds. He also published his own poetry, worked as a university librarian. Rare.


    "For Great Malcolm a prince of the earth, let nothing in us rest
    until we avenge ourselves for his death, stupid animals
    that killed him, let us never breathe a pure breath if
    we fail, and white men call us faggots till the end of
    the earth."


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