If you know of any publications we’ve missed, please let us know! Ted was very prolific.
Books and Broadsides
Note: Publications with the same name (with content either the same, or not) were published at different times by various presses. However, it’s possible that a few of the duplications listed here may be due to inconsistencies in library records and other bibliographical materials I consulted. Unfortunately, while I own a number of Ted’s publications, I haven’t had the opportunity to see all of these items in person, so have had to sort through, and rely upon, secondary sources.
Do you have more information about any of these, or any corrections? I’d be grateful to hear about it! Please get in touch with Denise.
Additional publications will be listed as I become aware of them.
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Beat Poems. New York: Deretchin, 1957.
Beat Funky Jazz Poems. New York: Rhino Review, 1959. Illustrated throughout with black and white images and collage; 20 pages. Due to the arrangement of text on the cover, there has often been confusion about the title; it is sometimes referred to as Beat Jazz Poems or Funky Jazz Poems.
All of Ted Joans and No More: Poems and Collages. New York: Excelsior Press, 1960.
The Hipsters. New York: Corinth Press / Citadel Books, 1961. Collages and prose.
THE T R U T H. Amsterdam: Surrealkabinet, 1968. One poem in thirty languages.
A Black Pow-Wow Of Jazz Poems. London: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd., 1969.
Black Pow-Wow: Jazz Poems. New York: Hill and Wang, 1969.
proposition pour un manifeste du pouvoir noir. Paris: Editions Losfeld, 1969.
Mijn Schwartze Gedacht. Amsterdam: Van Geneep Uitgeveri, 1969. Prose.
Afrodisia: New Poems. New York: Hill and Wang, 1970.
Afrodisia. London: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd., 1970. With collages by the author.
Calder and Boyars, 1974.
Santa Claws. London: The Turret Bookshop, 1970.
A Black Manifesto in Jazz Poetry and Prose. London: Calder & Boyars, 1971.
Black Flower Poems. Amsterdam: Amsterdamsch Litterair Cafe de Engelbewaarder, 1972.
Africa Centre Poems. London: The African Centre Press, 1973.
Jazz is our religion: jazz-poemes de Ted Joans. Nancy, France: Jazz Pulsations: Imprimerie des Celestins, 1973. Translated by Pollar et Carles, with illustrations by Roland Grünberg.
Spetrophilia (Spectrophilia) Poems and Collages. Amsterdam: Amsterdamsch Litterair Cafe de Engelbewaarder, 1973.
Why I shall sell Paris. Paris : [publisher not identified], 1976.
Cogollo Caniculaire. With artist Heriberto Cogollo and poet Joyce Mansour. Rome, Italy: Carlo Bestetti, 1977
Vergriffen Gedichtung. Hamburg: Verlag MIchael Kellner, 1977.
Le Poesie du Jazz. Dakar, Senegal: USIA, 1978.
Poète de Jazz. Dakar: Centre Culturel Americain, ca. 1978.
Poete Americaine Ted Joans. Tunisia: Bibliotheque Amerique, 1978.
Free-For-All. With John Digby, Valery Oisteanu & Bill Wolak. [Fort Lee, New Jersey]: The Somniloquist’s Press, 1978.
Flying Piranha. With poet Joyce Mansour. New York: Bola Press, 1978.
The Truth. New York City: Dikko Faust, Center for Book Arts, October 30, 1978. A broadside, 4.5 x 6.5 inches.
Vergriffen: Oder, Blitzlieb Poems. Kassel, Germany: Loose Blätter Presse, 1979. Bilingual.
Unfinished Furniture. [Paris, France?] : [publisher not identified], 1979. Broadside. Dated 30 Aug 79 – 17 Sept. 79. Photocopied, 28 x 22 cm.
The Aardvark Watcher: Der Erdferkelforscher. Berlin: Literarisches Colloquium, 1980. Bilingual edition, translated by Richard Anders.
Old and New Duckbutter Poems. Paris: Handshake Editions, 1980.
Why I Shall Sell Paris. Philadelphia: Privately printed, 1980. Broadside.
Heads I win, tails you lose! : poems / by Ted Joans ; collages by M. Sila Errus. Amsterdam: Surreeel Kasteel, c1980. Limited edition of 100 copies.
A Few PoemsMehr Blitzliebe Poems. Hamburg: Michael Kellner Verlag, 1982.
Sure, Really I Is. With collages by the author. Sidmouth, UK: Transformation Books, 1982.
Merveilleux Coup de Foudre: Poetry of Jayne Cortez and Ted Joans. Paris: Handshake Editions, 1982. In French, translated by Ms. Ila Errus and M. Sila Errus.
Not a Baggage Check. Vancouver, Canada: 1983. Broadside.
Some Sum of Surrealist Poems. Toronto: Letters Books, 1987. Limited edition of twenty.
Double Trouble. With poet Hart Leroy Bibbs. Paris: Revue Noire, Editions Bleu Outremer, 1991.
Honey Spoon. Paris: Handshake Editions, 1991. Prose.
Reprinted: Vilnius, Lithuania : Spauda, 1993.
Poèmes. Lonpré, France : Éditions du Rewidiage; Épinal : Amis de Hors Jeu Éditions, 1993. Limited to 200 copies, of which 100 were numbered.
Okapi Passion.Oakland: Ishmael Reed Publishing Co., 1994.
Teducation: Selected Poems 1949-1999. With illustrations by Heriberto Cogollo. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1999.
Select one or more: Poems. Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2000. Bound in brown paper wrappers and inscribed by the author. The library says, “Only a very limited number of copies are made. As none of these publications are available for purchase, these exquisite volumes are only available for viewing in the Heller Reading Room.”
In Thursday Sane. With illustrations by the author. Davis, CA: Swan Scythe Press, 2001.
The Truth. Sacramento, CA: Poems for All, 2001.
Dies und Das: Ein Magazin von actuellem surrealistischen interesse. Berlin, 1984. Edited by Ted Joans.
Essays about Ted Joans
Michel Fabre, “Ted Joans: the Surrealist Griot” in From Harlem to Paris: Black American Writers in France 1840-1980, University of Illinois, 1991.
Robert Elliot Fox, “Ted Joans and the (B)reach of the African American Literary Canon”, in MELUS, Volume 29, Numbers 3/4 (Fall/Winter 2004)
Joanna Pawlik, “Ted Joans’ surrealist history lesson”, in International Journal of Francophone Studies, Vol. 14, issue 1 & 2 (2011).
Jazz poems. Wuppertal, Germany: S Press, 1985. Cassette tape.
Ted Joans in film
Jazz and Poetry on YouTube (1964) by Louis van Gasteren, Amsterdam. Ted Joans reads with Piet Kuiters Modern Jazz Group, excerpt on YouTube.
Pan-African Cultural Festival / Festival Panafricain d’Alger (1969) by William Klein, France/Algeria. Features Ted Joans reading with Archie Shepp and Touareg musicians.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaPLGDSigzU
Jazz is Our Religion on YouTube (1971), directed by John Jeremy with the photographs of Val Wilmer. Features Ted Joans’ voice reading one of his signature poems, “Jazz is My Religion”.
Ted Joans and David Amram Scat on YouTube (1994) at Jack Kerouac conference, New York University.
From St. Louis to Dogon Country (1999) part of the BBC series Great Railway Journeys. directed by David Hickman, written by Danny Glover. Features Joans and Danny Glover, Clyde Taylor and others in Mali.
WOW! Ted Joans Lives! by Kurt Hemmer and Tom Knoff (2010). An homage to Ted Joans, featuring his reading at Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, in 2002.