All of my work to date has been an attempt to write honestly about American life; not necessarily from an African American perspective, but in the voice of Americans through their culture and life experiences and history.
People Beneath the Window Sacco Publishers, 1962.
Published by a Marxist bookstore, all of these poems take place during the days before and after the death of Malcolm X.
In This Corner Fleming-McAlister Press, 1964.
Published by two black men who were influenced by the Broadside Press pamphlets. Unlike the Broadside press pamphlets, it was just poetry about living in Baltimore just before the March on Washington and concluding with the death of Kennedy.
Generations Multi-Media Press, 1967.
Contains several poems that were never anthologized nor in any of my books. The cover photo was taken by Tom Manion, a kind of resident photographer and member of the Cornish entourage whose mother once threatened to disown him if he continued to associate with Negroes. His mother eventually forgave him.
Angles Baltimore Multimedia, 1969.
Reprinted a few poems from Generations and a few others Iíd rather not see anymore. But for those whoa re interested, itís an example of how I may have differed from many in the BAM. These poems are playful and rather mediocre, but theyíre mine.
Short Beers Beanbag Press, 1970.
Great cover photo, short, short poems. Some work, some donít and who could believe that in such a small pamphlet, there could be serious printing errors. Buy it for the photograph by Julie OíNeill, of a number of well-muscled young men drinking short beers. Like the two preceding pamphlets, is the kind of publication that was common to the mimeo generation, made for small circulation amongst friends and would-be amateurs.
Winters Sans Souci Press,
An interlude of poems focusing in and around my early years in New England. Notable for its limited edition.
Sometimes: Ten Poems Pym-Randall Press, 1973.
Of all of the pamphlets published of my poetry, this is the one Iím most proud of. It was part of a series of pamphlets about different places in New England, edited by Jim and Joanne Randall. All of the poems, with the exception of two about Vietnam, are about being white, poor and black in Massachusetts.
My Daddy's People Were Very Black EDC, 1976.
Based on some interaction with persons in Paterson, NJ, mostly about the South and slavery. A small book of reminiscences that I think ahs a place among positive Negro reminiscence Ė whole cake, black-eyed peas, dancing by the old folk, etc.
Harriet EDC, 1978.
A serious, small group of poems about Harriet Tubman, my favorite self-motivated, take-no-prisoners black woman in history. A leader in the anti-slave movement that makes Moses look like an amateur. Without a burning bush, she was just plain ornery. Many of these poems were anthologized but some were never reprinted.