A Black Pow-Wow of Jazz Poems. Ted Joans.
A Black Pow-Wow of Jazz Poems
A Black Pow-Wow of Jazz Poems
A Black Pow-Wow of Jazz Poems
A Black Pow-Wow of Jazz Poems

A Black Pow-Wow of Jazz Poems

ISBN: 0714509035
London, England: Calder & Boyars, 1973. First UK Edition Thus. Hardcover. "Painter, poet, jazzman, traveller, Ted Joans wanders the world reciting his poems from New York to the Sahara Desert. Andre Breton said he was the only Afro-American surrealist. His poetry carries a free-wheeling spirit of adventure and a fierce sense of injustice within a powerful rhythmic line. It should be read out loud with the enjoyment and vitality of jazz and with the pride and exuberance of the revolutionary. A Black Pow-Wow is arranged into sections for reed, brass and rhythm like a Jazz Orchestra." (from front flap) A collection of poems by Ted Joans (1928-2003), among the few African-American poets, along with LeRoi Jones & Bob Kaufman, who was a member of the original Beat Generation. While a contemporary colleague & participant in the Beat movement, Joans was also highly influenced by Surrealism & certified as a Surrealist by no less than that movement's founder himself, Andre Breton, as referred above. Joans also knew & was influenced by Salvador Dali, & was an artist as well as a poet with the recurring image of a rhinoceros, an obsession he & Dali shared. As mentioned above, Jazz was Joans' other great influence, never more so than in this electrifying collection. Offered here is a British first edition thus: This collection was first published in 1969 simultaneously in the UK by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd. & in the USA (titled slightly differently as "Black Pow-Wow: Jazz Poems") by Hill and Wang. Four years later, this edition was published by Calder & Boyars, a merger-successor to the first UK publisher. It is noted on copyright page that this edition was "First published in Great Britain 1973" & is copyrighted 1971 by Joans. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket with rear flap listing some of publisher's other books including a volume of Robert Creeley which mis-spells his name ("Creely"). A most interestingly rare version of this exemplary work in the Joans canon. See also esp. our Item No.s 1532, 3853 & 4051. Book in very fine condition, substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only a bit of rubbing & very light browning to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; slight blurriness of purplish colored lettering on covers, spine & flaps (appears to be a minor flaw as issued). Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4296]

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