"A friend told me he;s risen above jazz, I leave him there": Dear John, Dear Coltrane; Inscribed by Michael S. Harper

  • Dear John, Dear Coltrane.

Dear John, Dear Coltrane.

Item Number: 89105

Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1970.

Early printing of this book of Michael Harper’s first book of poetry. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Inscribed by the poet on the half-title page, “For Ruth and Lautz, from Michael Harper in Philadelphia – Oct 78.” In near fine condition. A very nice example.

Michael Harper said of his poetry: "My poems are rhythmic rather than metric; the pulse is jazz, the tradition generally oral; my major influences musical; my debts, mostly to the musicians (John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Bud Powell, etc)." "Michael Harper's poetry is vigorous as well as brilliant. It has an unafraid strength" - Gwendolyn Brooks.