N.P. Rockbook, 1978. First edition. Wraps. 8vo, unpag.; pamphlet in wrappers, stapled. Hint of sun toward edges, some tiny chipping to the lower front wrapper, near fine. Item #202688
Inscribed by the poet and signed on the inside front wrapper. This was Baca's first book, written in prison, containing eight poems and the essay "Thoughts On Leaving Prison." Abandoned at two, consigned to an orphange as a small child, a homeless illiterate teenager, Baca was incarcerated for more than six years. In prison, he taught himself to read and write and began to write poetry and to publish his poems in small magazines. His first commerical book, Immigrants In Our Own Land, was pubished by Louisiana State University Press in 1979. He went on to win multiple awards and become one of the most significant Chicano poets in the US and an activist supporting at-risk youth and prison literacy. A powerful and deeply moving debut. With a portrait drawing of Baca on the rear wrapper by Emiliano Hinojosa.