Conjure. Ishmael Reed.

Conjure. Selected Poems, 1963-1970

Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1972. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.

"A spectre is haunting america – the spectre of / neo-hoodooism" (from "Black power poem"). Prolific poet, novelist, songwriter, playwright and activist Ishmael Reed brings his wit and surreal humor to this, his first volume of collected poems, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Known for his satirical works on American political culture and a focus on underrepresented peoples and perspectives, his most famous work is Mumbo Jumbo (1972), a sprawling novel set in 1920s New York. Twice nominated for a National Book Award, Reed was also a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow. Designed by book designer Richard Hendel, with cover art by Diana Minisci Hamilton. Published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. Light rubbing to wraps, near fine. Item #2159


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