[Item #3958] To Recognize This Dying: Poems on Central America & the Caribbean. Joe Napora.
To Recognize This Dying: Poems on Central America & the Caribbean
To Recognize This Dying: Poems on Central America & the Caribbean

To Recognize This Dying: Poems on Central America & the Caribbean

ISBN: 0932191096
Forest Grove, OR: Mr. Cogito Press, 1987. First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by Joe Napora to Thomas Rain Crowe. "I have been to Central America, but these poems arise from the news, from my reading and action based on that reading; they arise from my history. It is my history, my country's history, that has formed these countries in essential ways, has so formed me. To write about them is to write about myself. They are my history..." (from first page of Introduction) An early collection of poems by Joe Napora, the passionate (never more so than here) & prolific American poet, publisher, editor & activist. With strongly evocative graphics & illustrations on front cover & throughout by Tom Cassidy which compliment Napora's incendiary poems. With laudatory quotes on back cover, including by the noted Native American author Joe Bruchac, who writes: "These poems are strong and full of heart. The words come up out of the page like corn breaking the hard earth...For speaking the truth, these poems deserve to be read. For speaking it with integrity of language, in a poetry which is carefully constructed and organic as that newly sprouted corn plant, these poems deserve to be remembered. They're a real accomplishment." Chapbook production with wrappers over stapled binding. On blank front endpaper, Napora has hand-written & signed: "For Thomas-/ Soul brother/spirit brother/ in(?) the/ connection/ (star-compass drawing)/ Love/ (signed) Joe." "Thomas" 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 & Napora are long-standing close friends & colleagues. A fiery exemplar of 1980s Reagan-era political protest-poetry; & a rare Napora collectible with significant poet-to-poet association & provenance. In very fine condition with only light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; light spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps to mostly upper corners of page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3958]

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