BLACK POW-WOW: Jazz Poems [inscribed to actress Ruth Ford]
by JOANS, Ted
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New York: Hill and Wang, 1969. First Edition. Octavo (20cm). Sage green cloth, lettered in black on spine; dustjacket; 130pp. Verso of front endpaper darkened from laid-in newspaper clipping, else fine in a lightly toned dust jacket. Full-page presentation inscription in red ink on title page: "To sister Ruth the second Ford that I could afford to have in my life - but there shall be more, for I can not drive thus those as I shall survive I dig you for you are digable thus delicious. Love too / Ted Joans, NYC," dated 1969, the year of publication. Collected poems from the first two decades of the poet's career. One of just a few Joans books to be issued by a mainstream publisher, but surprisingly uncommon in the first printing. This copy inscribed on the title page to actress Ruth Ford, sister of surrealist poet and editor Charles Henri Ford, with whom Joans was closely associated. According to bookseller Lorne Bair, the occasion of the inscription would almost certainly have been one of Ms. Ford's legendary gatherings at her New York apartment at the Dakota, where she hosted many of the world's best-known artists, writers, and actors on occasions spanning more than three decades (thank you, Lorne).
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