Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka).
New York: Totem Press in Association with Corinth Books, 1961. Octavo. Stapled pictorial wrappers toned along the spine. 47 pages. First edition. Near fine.
The author's first book of poetry. Jones was a fender-bender poet, and with this book he crashed onto the American scene, drawing comparisons to the Beats with his rythmic, confessional verse. After the assassination of Malcolm X, Jones became Amiri Baraka. He believed the theater was a proving ground for revolutionaries. That fascinates us. Cover illustration by Basil King.
"Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelopes me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.
Or the broad edged silly music the wind
Makes when I run for a bus . . .
Things have come to that."