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Man in a Metal Cage.
Man in a Metal Cage.
Man in a Metal Cage.

Man in a Metal Cage.

(Easthampton, MA): Pennyroyal Press, 1977. Moser, Barry. Small quarto. (28)ff. From an edition of 200 copies, this is a lettered copy not noted in the Pennyroyal Checklist. Signed by both the author, Arthur MacAlpine, and the printer, Barry Moser. Includes five wood engravings by Moser. Printed in brown and black on light green Ingres paper, top edge gilt and remaining edges untrimmed. In the Pennyroyal Checklist, Moser states that this was the only other book besides Frankenstein that he “felt compelled to do,” so moved was he by the power of MacAlpine’s poetry. The uncomfortable yet precise shadows of Moser’s engravings captures MacAlpine’s undulating fear, resignation, anger, and hope. His verses encapsulate the resonance of slavery across the 20th-century experience of Black Americans, including his own. Publicly a machinist and a boxer, and later a journalist and a social worker, MacAlpine composed poems in private, devoting his awareness of injustice to expressions of oppression, as in “Black Minstrel,” solidarity with persecuted Jews, as in “April in Auschwitz,” and courageous persistence and protest, as in “Revolt.” His thematic preoccupation with lost children and captivity suggests a continual personal worry, and larger anxiety among marginalized Black communities, with the weight of racism and its violent effects. Bound by Arno Werner in quarter brown leather and burgundy paste-paper. One tiny rub to the spine foot, else fine in a slipcase that has a single spot. Item #26791

(Pennyroyal 17).

Price: $400.00