Poems.Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973 Stock Code: 144826
First edition, first printing, of the author's first book, inscribed by Ai on the half-title "To Bill & Deborah, Love Ai (Florence)". This is a review copy with the publisher's review slip and the original photograph of the author, used on the jacket, loosely inserted.
"The poet Ai (1947-2010) was noted for her uncompromising poetic vision and dramatic monologues which give voice to marginalized, poor, and abused speakers. She was born Florence Anthony, and she legally changed her name to Ai which means 'love' in Japanese. Ai's awareness of her own mixed race heritage - she self-identifies as Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, Black, Irish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche - as well as her feminist politics shaped her poetry, which is often unsparing and direct in its subject matter" (Poetry Foundation).
Octavo. Original natural linen, titles in metallic red and grey to spine, and in metallic red to front board, red endpapers, top edge black. With dust jacket.
Very faint staining to front board and lower turn-ins, the binding otherwise firm and clean, internally crisp. A near-fine copy in the near-fine jacket, a touch rubbed, not price-clipped, bright.
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