A.D. 2200


Moving, Poems by A.D. 2200. Paris and Boston, Phantom Court Press, 1972. 21.5 x 16.5 cm, 52 pp. Limited edition of 500 a/z inscribed, this is No.C/2. Signed in black marker on first page (tracing paper) by A.D. with an extensive text dedicated to Clarx 22 8 73. Front cover has a black paper wrapper with die cut part featuring the title (black on orange), the back cover has a similar die cut part with information on the writer A.D. twenty-twohundred. A yellow sheet with publishers information about Phantom Court Press is affixed to the interior of the back cover. Good copy.
“A.D. 2200” is a poignant tribute to 22-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot dead by four plain-clothed members of the New York City Police Department in February, 1999.
Diallo, a street merchant by day and student by night, was outside his apartment in the Bronx on the night of February 5 when he was spotted by four NYPD officers who believed he matched the description of a serial rapist who had been active in the burrough. The officers alleged that they had identified themselves clearly to Diallo, who had run; claiming to have mistaken the wallet he was carrying for a gun, the officers fired a total of 41 shots, 19 of which hit Diallo. Racial profiling, gross negligence and other civil rights violations by the officers were alleged.
All four officers were indicted for second-degree murder, but were subsequently acquitted by a jury in Albany, New York in February 2000, after the trial was moved due to claims that media coverage of the shooting had made a fair trial in New York City impossible. Diallo’s family were awarded a $3,000,000 settlement from the City of New York in a subsequent wrongful death claim.