Captive Voices: An Anthology from Folsom Prison. Poncho Aguila, Charles Butler, Ralph F. Franco, Billy Ray Johnson, Gordon Kirkwood-Yates, Herb Middleton, Lanners L. X.
Captive Voices: An Anthology from Folsom Prison
Captive Voices: An Anthology from Folsom Prison
Captive Voices: An Anthology from Folsom Prison

Captive Voices: An Anthology from Folsom Prison

ISBN: 0913218340
Paradise, CA: Dustbooks, 1975. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Signed & mostly inscribed by seven Folsom Prison convict-writers. "The members of the Folsom Writers' Workshop gratefully dedicate this book to all imprisoned men and women throughout the world whose voices are still captive." (dedication) A compilation of writings by inmates of Folsom Prison, the foreboding American penitentiary where Johnny Cash conducted his famous recorded concerts. With poetry, prose, illustrations & even a film scenario. On title page, seven inmate-writers have hand-written their signatures, in some cases with inscriptions: "Best Wishes/ (signed) Pancho Aguila" (author of nine poems, pgs. 9-19); "To Bro. (?) Tom/ Love, (signed) Gordon (Kirkwood-Yates)" (author of three poems, pgs. 98-107); "Red with happiness/ (signed) Herbert Middleton" (author of five poems, pgs. 146-152); "Peace, Love & Pure Thought!/ (signed) Lanners L. X" (author of eleven poems, pgs. 183-201); signature of "Clyde Salazar" (not among roster of authors, perhaps a member of the Workshop); & two signatures we can't decipher, one of which is inscribed "Peace & Love." "Tom," to whom Kirkwood-Yates addressed his inscription, is Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). Crowe met with these writers at the prison Workshop & obtained these signatures during this period. Also, Kirkwood-Yates has hand-corrected & added a few words to his poem "Echoes (from the Temples of Ishtar)" on page 106. A thoughtful, hard-bitten & deeply reflective addition to classic literature written by jail/ prison inmates & former inmates (think of Neal Cassady, Jean Genet, Herbert Huncke, Ed Sanders, John Sinclair et al.). Also with contributions by Charles Butler, Ralph F. Franco, Billy Ray Johnson & others. First softcover edition, published simultaneously with a hardcover edition. A desirable albeit disturbing literary collectible, with significant association & provenance. In fine condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching, creasing & spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, thin creases at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only light spotting to inner covers; light echo-impressions of some signatures & inscriptions on inner front cover; small bumps, creases to esp. upper corners of some page leaves. Fine. [Item #3578]

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