San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1959. 1st Edition. Small octavo, nine-panel gatefold broadside printed to both sides.
"ABOMUNISTS DO NOT LOOK AT PICTURES PAINTED / BY PRESIDENTS AND UNEMPLOYED PRIME MINISTERS. / IN TIMES OF NATIONAL PERIL, ABOMUNISTS, AS REALITY AMERICANS, STAND READY TO DRINK THEMSELVES TO DEATH FOR THEIR COUNTRY." First edition of Black Beat generation unsung hero Bob Kaufman's first and most famous publication. Better known in France, Kaufman has been called the "Black American Rimbaud." Initially published serially in Beatitude magazine, of which Kaufman was a founder along with John Kelly and Allen Ginsberg, the playful yet politically charged free-verse poem was his decree of nonconformity and articulation of his disdain for a disenfranchised and complacent America. Although it's not exactly clear what Kaufman's neologism means, scholar Katherine V. Lindberg writes that it is likely "his contraction of, among other things, communism, atom bomb, Bob Kaufman, and abomination." General toning, soiling and creasing, bottom corner of upper panel chipped, and occasional instances of minor splitting along folds. Very good overall. Item #2254