Item #1064 Black Breath. Zaire Kwauhuru.

Black Breath

Detroit: Inner City Press, 1984. First Edition. 48 pp. (with an additional page inserted). Illustrated red stapled wraps (5.5” x 8.5”). VG (likely water stain to final 20 pages, light ring impression on front cover, edgewear), about VG. INSCRIBED by the author on title page: “To John My Young Brother Hang In There Peace Zaire 7/29/84”).

The author’s first book of poetry (he was about 28 years old at the time of publication)—his biography on the back cover notes “He writes from a strong Black point of view and very much relates to the experiences of Black people around the world. This book is ever flowing with Blackness.” In his Introduction, Kwauhuru writes, “I say asante sana to all the Black poets who picked up a pen and wrote about the Black experience or whatever, as long as it was relevant to Black people. They put out the vibe that enabled me to write.” Poems include “Weed Smoking Ain’t Cool,” “In the Ghetto,” “Beauty is a Black Woman,” “Ears for Reggae,” “The Klu Klux Klan,” “Afrika and the Struggle,” and “I Wake Up Calling…Kwanzaa.”

No copies in commerce or in OCLC. Scarce. Item #1064

Price: $275.00