Detroit: Broadside Press, 1970. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s stapled illustrated paper wraps.
"At the hub of the new wordway is Don Lee. Around a black audience he puts his healing arms" (Gwendolyn Brooks). First edition of publisher, essayist, and avant-garde poet Haki Madhubuti’s (meaning "justice," "awakening," and "strong" in Swahili) fourth volume of poetry. Born Don L. Lee in 1942, Madhubuti became heavily involved in the Black Power revolution in the 1960s as a poet and activist. Positing that Black people will emerge as "owners of the New World," the poems gathered here are united by his thematic engagement with Black life and survival, along with his commitment to a political, social, and cultural revolution. Empowering and spiritual while still humorous, Madhubuti’s early work aroused much critical comment (including the praise of Gwendolyn Brooks) and he quickly became a rising star on the American poetry scene. In 1967, Madhubuti purchased a mimeograph machine and established his own press in his basement apartment, the extant Third World Press, which would become the largest, most successful, and longest-running Black-owned publishing house in the US. The present volume was published by Dudley Randall’s Detroit-based Broadside Press (now Broadside Lotus Press), one of the oldest Black-owned presses in the US. Cover design by AfriCOBRA artist Omar Lama. Moderate rubbing and creasing to edges. Very good. Item #5042