The Speed of Darkness
New York: Random House, 1968. Octavo, original navy cloth gilt, original unclipped dust jacket, original publisher's review slip laid in.
First edition of Rukeyser's poems written at the height of the 1960s, including “The War Comes Into My Room," “Delta Poems," and “In Our Time": “In our period, they say there is free speech. / They say there is no penalty for poets, / There is no penalty for writing poems. / They say this. This is the penalty." A fine copy, with Random House review slip dated May 16, 1968 laid in.