Day 21 in in #BookSpine365. Visit a title a day from my bookshelf.
Poetry is my first love. Always will be. I am a poet to the heart, and the way that some words can carry more weight than others will always astonish me. Fascinate me. The way words can shift and shape you, create memories or extract from them. Move you. Disrupt the silence in you. Everything is just words until a poem is felt and then created. Langston Hughes Poems selected and edited by David Roessel is a perfect hardcover with flap jacket pocket book sized piece of literature to escape with words.
The contents are broken into two parts: poems of five decades and montage of a dream deferred. Hughes first book was published in 1926, and "hailed as the poet laureate of black America" during his time here on earth. Such classics as Mother to Son and I, Too are just a small part of the book, as it holds a couple hundred of poems easily.
A jazz poet with some of the realest words you will ever read. A favorite book of mine, gifted to me. Remove the dust jacket, and you have gold embossed lettering with cloth hardcover goodness, with a gorgeous gold spine. I discovered from reading the inside of the book that it's printed and bound in Germany. A gold cloth bookmark is glued into the book. Small illustrations inside, indicative of a well thought of book design, the jacket by Barbara de Wilde.
Title: Langston Hughes Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) selected/edited by Roessel, D.
Format: Poetry. Hard bound with flap jacket. Pocket book sized. 6.6 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches. 8.2 oz. 252 pages. Titled spine.
Contents: leaves, half title page, title page, table of contents, index of first lines.
©1999 by David Campbell Publishers Ltd.