Washington DC: Literary Art] Program, 1971. Paperback. Printed card board sleeve containing and introduction sheet from the coordinator and art director; 11 12 by 12 inch pp. bifolia, each with a poem or poems and accompanying artwork; a single poem on 11 by 8.5 yellow stock; 17 by 11 inch poster with an uncredited artwork; five postcards continuing poems and artwork; large 59.75 by 23.5 inch poster illustrated on both sides.
Outer sleeve is split about halfway on the top and bottom with some rubbing overall. Contents very good with some light handling wear and toning, else a nice gathering.
The art and literary journal for the District of Columbia Public Schools Literary Arts Program, the journal consists of poetry and artwork solely by the students of the program from at least ten different high schools.
Reflecting the realities of daily life, many of the poems are raw and gritty; one narrative poem on the poster by a student from Cardozo High school told the story Jelly and Darlene, two addicts who "by 1963... had had two deformed kids and was now 'tricking' to support the ever growing expense of the heroin habit. Jelly was pimping girls as young as 15 and was hauling in as much as $800 a week. Darlene, now old with the much-too-soon age wrinkles the dope brought was tired looking and very used. At a careful glance of Darlene, you could tell she had once been a beautiful girl who'd...