n.p. Sore Dove Press, 2005. Soheyl Dahi. Limited Edition. Quarto. Fine. Item #16003
A GORGEOUS four-page portfolio of the poem 'Moon Cherries' by the African-American poet, printed in a limited edition of just 65 numbered copies with the black and white art work of Soheyl Dahi on the front.
Signed on the front by Coleman under her printed name, this copy being number 2, in manuscript to the right of Coleman's signature.
"Poet and writer Wanda Coleman won critical acclaim for her unusually prescient and often innovative work, but struggled to make a living from her craft. “She’s not as central as she should be. Her language jumps off the page,” wrote Camille Paglia in More magazine. The author of 20 books of poetry and prose, Coleman’s work is focused on racism and the outcast status of living below the poverty line in California, specifically her long-time home, Los Angeles. Her subjects are often controversial and her tone unapologetic. “Coleman frequently writes to illuminate the lives of the underclass and the disenfranchised, the invisible men and women who populate America’s downtown streets after dark, the asylums and waystations, the inner city hospitals and clinics,” Tony Magistrale wrote in Black American Literature Forum. “Wanda Coleman, like Gwendolyn Brooks before her, has much to tell us about what it is like to be a poor black woman in America.” - Poetry Foundation.
The poem begins on the second page and finishes on the back cover.
An extremely scarce edition in exquisite condition.