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Watts Writers Workshop Book Collection: Rare Books
In this extraordinary collection of short stories, Wanda Coleman, a poet who grew up in the Watts area of Los Angeles, turns a baleful eye on lives that "mainstream" America wishes would somehow go away, the poor Black urban dwellers.
"This volume of selected poems written from 1967-1985 has been long awaited by many. Ojenke, unsung innovator, pioneer word musician, is a legend whose courage is in his challenge to be raw in the midst of so called refinement." - Kamau Daa'ood
Raising Fences is the memoir of an African American man who spent his youth committing thefts, experimenting with sex, and developing a mortal fear of the police. The protagonist hopes to live a different life from the one he grew up in.
Corner Boy is a powerful work of social realism that won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1957. The book follows teenager Jake Adams whose violent rise and fall offers an unforgettable portrait of life in an urban jungle.
A collection of Priestley's poetry that spans 30 years. "Even back then, in the late 1960s Eric's writing was always sharp, foreceful, very imaginative, language driven and politically committed: it remains so today." - Quincy Troupe