Archive of 13 First Printing Books of Poetry from Lotus Press (Detroit, MI) / AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE BUILT BY NAOMI LONG MADGETT. Poetry, James EMANUEL, Lance JEFFERS, Helen Earle SIMCOX, Ron WELBURN, Abba ELETHEA, Mwatabu OKANTAH, Sybil KEIN, May MILLER, Ray FLEMING, Jill Witherspoon BOYWE, et all.
Archive of 13 First Printing Books of Poetry from Lotus Press (Detroit, MI) / AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE BUILT BY NAOMI LONG MADGETT
Archive of 13 First Printing Books of Poetry from Lotus Press (Detroit, MI) / AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE BUILT BY NAOMI LONG MADGETT
Archive of 13 First Printing Books of Poetry from Lotus Press (Detroit, MI) / AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE BUILT BY NAOMI LONG MADGETT
Archive of 13 First Printing Books of Poetry from Lotus Press (Detroit, MI) / AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE BUILT BY NAOMI LONG MADGETT
Archive of 13 First Printing Books of Poetry from Lotus Press (Detroit, MI) / AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE BUILT BY NAOMI LONG MADGETT

Archive of 13 First Printing Books of Poetry from Lotus Press (Detroit, MI) / AFRICAN-AMERICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE BUILT BY NAOMI LONG MADGETT

Detroit, MI: Lotus Press, 1977-1988. First Edition, First Printing. Original wraps. Near Fine. Item #1318

Archive of 13 First Edition, First Printing books from the stock of Lotus Press of Detroit, Michigan. The Lotus Press, an important engine behind the Black Arts Movement, was opened by Naomi Long Madgett after recognizing the need for artistic and powerful poetry publishing in the Black community. Having started the press in 1972, the Lotus Press is recognized as the 2nd oldest black-owned press in the United States. The press has now merged with the Broadside Press, the oldest black-owned press in the United States. This run includes several pieces by James Emanuel, one of the 20th Century's best and most neglected poets. While his work can be a bit dark and racially charged, he is largely ignored for his tough-beat style and lack of academic principle. I must admit, his work appeals to me at a deeper level as I believe his methods speak plainly, but loudly. Also included in this run is a title from Jill Witherspoon Boyer, the daughter of the founder of the press, Naomi Long Madgett. Jill worked in an editorial capacity at Broadside Press before the merge with Lotus.

This archive includes First Printing copies of:
O AFRICA WHERE I BAKED BREAD by Lance Jeffers (1977 - 77 PP)
BLACK MAN ABROAD: THE TOULOUSE POEMS by James A. Emanuel (1978 - 76 PP)
DEAR DARK FACES: PORTRAITS OF A PEOPLE selected by Helen Earle Simcox (1980 - 104PP)
A CHISEL IN THE DARK (POEMS: SELECTED AND NEW) by James A. Emanuel (1980 - 73 PP)
THE ANTIOCH SUITE-JAZZ by Abba Elethea (James W. Thompson) (1980 - 36 PP)
HEARTLAND: SELECTED POEMS by Ron Welburn (1981 - 67 PP)
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS by Ray Fleming (1982 - 59 PP)
THE BROKEN BOWL (NEW AND UNCOLLECTED POEMS) by James A. Emanuel (1983 - 85 PP)
COLLAGE by Mwatabu Okantah (1984 - 71 PP)
BREAKING CAMP by Jill Witherspoon Boyer (1984 - 61 PP)
DELTA DANCER by Sybil Kein (1984 - 89 PP)
DEADLY JAMES AND OTHER POEMS by James A. Emanuel (1987 - 82 PP)
HALFWAY TO THE SUN by May Miller ( 1988 - 52 PP)

All volumes are perfect bound but for The Antioch Suite-Jazz which is saddle-stapled. All volumes sharp and clean.

Price: $900.00