Published by
Shameless Hussy Press, 1968 - 1989
Written by
Shange, Ntozake, American, 1948 - 2018
Illustrated by
Holup, Wopo, American
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)
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.
Place printed
San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wopo Holup
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
copyright © Ntosake [sic] Shange 1975
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