Printer's full print sheet of Some Men

Printed by
Written by
Dr. Shange, Ntozake, American, 1948 - 2018
Illustrated by
Holup, Wopo, American
ink on paper
H x W: 38 × 25 in. (96.5 × 63.5 cm)
sheets (information artifacts)
An uncut printer's full print sheet of pages for the booklet of poems entitled “Some Men” written by Ntozake Shange. The images in the booklet were illustrated by Wopo Holup. The sheet is a cream color page that has been divided into forty-eight panels, twenty-four panels are right side up and the other twenty-four have been printed upside down. Each panel represents a page in the final booklet (2013.85.1). Most of the panels have poetry, an illustration or both printed on it. Several of the pages have illustrations depicting a table that holds a bowl, a picture frame and a lamp shaped like a woman, holding the lamp shade with one hand while holding the lightbulb in her mouth. Another set of illustrations depicts a table with a vase of flowers. Three pages resemble dance card pages, with filigree pattern borders with the names of dances listed followed by a blank lines. Several of these lines have been filled in script that reads [some men]. Four pages depict a picture frame, four pages have been filled in with illustrations of pink, orange, purple, blue and red flowers and four pages have illustrations depicting male figures pointing guns and female figures with their arms stretched out. All of the illustrations are references to lines of Shange's poems, many of which depict violence and sexual aggression towards women. At the center of the book are six entirely black pages and there are eight pages that have been left blank.
African American
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wopo Holup
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