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The New Black Poetry, edited by Clarence Major. New York: International Publishers, [1969].
This seminal anthology of African American poetry includes Ishmael Reed's poem "I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra."

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catechism of d neoamerican hoodoo church. London: Paul Breman, 1970.
Volume eleven in the publisher's Heritage Series which was devoted to contemporary black poetry, displayed with a sample of the cover.

Conjure: Selected Poems, 1963-1970. [Amherst, MA]: University of Massachusetts Press, [1972].
Signed by the author. The book is accompanied by a page from the typescript of the introduction with Ishmael Reed's corrections and a draft of the table of contents with comments in an unidentified hand.

Chattanooga: Poems. New York: Random House, [1973].
First edition.

Chattanooga: Poems. New York: Random House, [1973].
Uncorrected first proof.

"The Kardek Method," typescript, [n.d.], 4 pp.
Two typescript drafts, with the author's corrections, of this poem which was collected in Chattanooga.

from the files of agent 22. New York: Poetry in Public Places, [1974].
This broadside was displayed in buses, subway cars, and other public places in the New York metropolitan area as part of the popular "Poetry in Public Places" project. Curiously, Reed's first name is misspelled as "Ishamel" just below the title.

A Secretary to the Spirits. New York; London; Lagos: NOK Publishers, [1978].
Illustrated by Betye Saar. Signed by Ishmael Reed.

poetry reading flier

"Vamp," typescript, [n.d.], and March 19, 1973, 2 pp.
Two typescript drafts, with the author's corrections, of this poem which was collected in A Secretary to the Spirits.

"Judas," in Poets and Writers, Inc.: Tenth Birthday Party. Roseland, New York, 1980.
This chapbook of original, unpublished pieces--many written especially for this occasion--were donated by writers and artists. Reed's contribution is the poem "Judas." The published appearance is accompanied by his notes and early drafts of the poem.

For Dancer. [s.l.: privately printed, n.d].
This privately-printed broadside is the first printing of this poem Ishmael Reed wrote for his wife, Carla Blank.

New and Collected Poems 1964-2006. New York: Carroll & Graf, [2006].
This volume collects more than forty years of Ishmael Reed's poetry.



 

 

Introduction | Early Work | The Novels | Essays and Non-fiction

Editor and Publisher | Ishmael Reed in Translation | Theatrical and Performance Writing

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