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PRITCHARD, N. H.
PRITCHARD, N. H.
PRITCHARD, N. H.
PRITCHARD, N. H.
PRITCHARD, N. H.
PRITCHARD, N. H.

PRITCHARD, N. H.

The Matrix : Poems: 1960-1970

NY: Doubleday & Company, 1970. First edition, wrappered issue. 203pp.; 8vo.; perfect-bound in photo-illustrated wraps. Front cover with pinpoint abrasions and one larger lifted patch, apparently the result of having become stuck to an adjacent volume at some point; mild foxing to textblock edges. Very good; internally clean and with sound binding.

Solid reading copy of the first book, a collection of experimental and visual poetry, by New York poet N. H. Pritchard (1939-1996), a figure associated variously with the Umbra, Black Arts and jazz poetry movements. Though it received little recognition upon publication, The Matrix has come to be regarded as an impressive and unlikely accomplishment, both for its formal originality and for making Pritchard—a Black writer, no less—one of just two poets, with Aram Saroyan, to have a book of visual poetry produced by a major American publisher. As part of a broader revival of Pritchard's work in recent years, The Matrix was republished in 2021 by Ugly Duckling Presse, in conjunction with Primary Information. Copies of this original issue particularly scarce in the market today.

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