Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note by LeRoi Jones
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New York. Totem Press/Corinth Books. First edition, first printing. 1961. Softcover, w. pictorial cover. 47pp. Fine.
Signed by author.
Released by Totem Press, a joint publishing venture by Jones and his wife Hettie – the subject of a wholy admiring poem included in this collection – Preface represents Jones during a time in which he was considered one of the principal leaders of the American Postwar poetry avant garde.
"For the most part, these poems cover a period from 1957 until 1960, with the last few poems having been written this year (1961). I have arranged the book in as strict a chronilogical order as I could manage...for reasons best known to other young (?) poets." – LeRoi Jones
Cover drawing by Basil King.