Jumbish by Elouise Loftin



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Published by Emerson Hall Publishers, New York, 1972. First edition. Chapbook, stapled mustard wraps. 40pp. Near Fine, slight bump to bottom corners.

Uncommon first book from this experimental African American poet

Ishmael Reed in a review of Elouise Loftin’s work at the The Washington Post in the early 1970’s says Loftin “writes Abby Lincoln-visceral-screaming poems . . . She writes Pearl Bailey sashaying, defiant, hands-on-hips (Nina Mae McKinney) poetry, and she can glide tenderly like Sarah Vaughan’s voice. . . . And when she gets ‘Street’ it’s not the strained condescending ‘rap’ of some rhetorical descendants of Ingersoll, but Bed-Stuy ‘Street.'”