Anti-Gravity. Pancho Aguila.
Anti-Gravity

Anti-Gravity

Berkeley, CA: Aldebaran Review, 1977. Limited First Edition. Softcover. With hand-written cross-outs & corrections possibly in the hand of Pancho Aguila. "Pancho Aguila was born in Nicaragua in 1945, and came to San Francisco at the age of two. He began writing poetry around the Blue Unicorn coffeeshop readings in the Haight-Ashbury in 1966. Pancho Aguila is currently serving a sentence of natural life at Folsom Prison, where he is chairman of the Creative Writer's Workshop. His poems are explicitly political, with a larger surreal prophetic clarity. They have been sharpened with hand-made knives. They give you sensuality beyond the guntowers' repression, an ironic laughter and a wild blissful persevering total promise." (from back cover) A chapbook of poems by Pancho Aguila, one of the many aliases of Roberto Solis, who was paroled from Folsom Prison in 1992 & absconded in an armored car the following year- he has never been apprehended & his fate is unknown. His imprisonment was the result of having been convicted of murdering a security guard in the course of robbing an armored car. Unpaginated, Published as issue No. 24 of the Aldebaran Review in an edition of 500 un-numbered copies printed during March 1977 per copyright page. On several pages, there is hand-marginalia in blue ink which we believe may be in Solis-Aguila's hand: On the first page, a short autobiography entitled "Time Capsule," the words "wished it so" are crossed out. On the next page, all or most of four lines are crossed out in the concluding paragraph. On the first page of the poem "Exile," the word "roar" in line 16 is underlined, the word "mud..." is added to the end of line 24, & the next line is crossed out (the latter two points, in black ink, may be facsimile). There is also a small, faint checkmark at the margin of "Between Strangers," & several minor corrections & lines that are definitely facsimile. We note that all of the above crossed-out lines are still legible. A most interesting rarity that may have been slightly edited by the legendary disappeared outlaw poet himself. In fine condition with mild rubbing, scratching & a few small spot-stains to front, back covers & spine; slight wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps, creases at corners of page leaves; sparse, light spotting to blank areas near upper corners of a few of same. Fine. [Item #3852]

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