New York: New Directions, 1981. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's purple cloth, spine stamped in metallic purple, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.
“Your ancestor had beautiful thoughts in his brain. / His descendants are experts in real estate… / You must have been great / Alive.” Beat generation unsung hero Bob Kaufman's third and final collection of poems. Kaufman has been called the "Black American Rimbaud,” and notably coined the word “beatnik” while living in San Francisco. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963 Kaufman took a ten-year vow of silence, breaking it at the end of the Vietnam War. This collection marks his first publication since his silence and comprises older, unpublished poems along with many new poems transcribed from tape recordings. Unclipped dust jacket with light overall soiling, shallow chipping to edges. Very good. Item #5725