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Simmons, Sharrif. FAST CITIES AND OBJECTS THAT BURN. New York: Moore Black Press, (1999.) SIGNED First Edition

First printing, a trade paperback original. African American's first collection of poetry - Simmons was born in New York, but spent several years as a child living in Ethiopia, was poetry editor for African Voices and is a founding member of the 'poetry-funk-rock-world band' Black Monsoon. In this collection, he captures the hopelessness of homelessness, the challenge of being young, black and male in American cities and the 'genocidial way' in which drugs infest poor minority communities. INSCRIBED on the first page " to.... Thank U for your energy and spirit. Hope you enjoy the words and vibes. Love and respect." Illustrated. 75 pp. Cover art by Keba Armand Konte. Very good overall (prev owner's comments on first page, marginal notations on about 4 pages, some corners dog-eared.) .ISBN # 0-965830829 

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