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Published by:
Shameless Hussy Press, 1968 - 1989  Search this
Written by:
Ntozake Shange, American, 1948 - 2018  Search this
Illustrated by:
Wopo Holup, American  Search this
ink on paper and metal
Closed: 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 1/8 in. (21.6 x 13.7 x 0.3 cm)
Open: 8 1/2 x 11 3/16 x 3/16 in. (21.6 x 28.4 x 0.5 cm)
Place printed:
San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California, United States, North and Central America
A red booklet of poems entitled, “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” written by Ntozake Shange. The images in the booklet were illustrated by Wopo Holup. The booklet has a red cover with an illustration of a budding rose with feathers tied to the stem. The title text on the top of cover reads [FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/ / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF]. Below the title is the text [Ntosake Shange] and in the bottom right corner is the text [.95]. The booklet is twenty-six pages with a dedication page. On the frontispiece is an illustration printed in purple ink of Ntozake Shange in profile view with a rose dangling from her ear. At the bottom of the illustration is a large butterfly. The other illustration is on page twenty-four, and it is also printed in purple ink. It is a rose in a glass Pepsi bottle with three feathers lying at the base of the bottle. Along the spine is the text [for colored girls who have considered suicide / ntozake shange / shameless hussy press]. There is an inscription in red ink on the dedication page.
African American  Search this
Feminism  Search this
Gender  Search this
Identity  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wopo Holup
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Restrictions & Rights:
copyright © Ntosake [sic] Shange 1975
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