The Tornado In My Mouth- Austin Black- 1966- Signed First Edition


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    The Tornado In My Mouth, Poems of Protest
    Black, Austin

    First Edition. New York, Exposition Press, 1966. Signed by Austin Black on front free endpaper.

    Black boards with gilt titles. A very good copy in a good dust jacket. Faint staining along bottom edge of boards; dust jacket shows general wear, bottom of cover panel especially, now in protective cover.

    Austin Black, devotee of Langston Hughes and LeRoi Jones calls his poetry “a literary protest against all the contemporary bull shit! Written in blood and bleeding daily against the savage and idiotic”. Born in 1928 in East St. Louis, Black was a photojournalist and founder of BURN, a militant human-rights organization. He gained attention in January 1966 when he fasted on the San Bernardino County Court House steps for six days and nights, protesting the “government’s anti-poverty amnesia”.
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