New York: Dynamo, 1936. First edition. 8vo, 64pp; cloth. Faded toward edges, spine rubbed and with some wear to extremities; lacking dust jacket. Item #205401
The poet's first book, limited to 1000 numbered copies (this being number 19), was part of the publisher's series of books by proletarian poets. Rolfe was a Communist and activist, especially on behalf of Spanish loyalists in the war against fascism. He would eventually make his way to Hollywood and worked on the fringes of the motion picture industry until being blacklisted. This is a presentation copy, inscribed to his neighbors and fellow left-wing activists Sidney and Edna Meyers: "To Sidney and Edna -- my upstairs neighbors and comrades, who wake me up every Sunday morning with the piano, the viola, and imitations of Bill Robinson. Long may you make noise! Ed Rolfe, Jan. 18, 1936"