Gentle Mind ... Confused
Candy Barr. A Gentle Mind ... Confused. [Midland, Texas]: Dulce Press, 1972. First edition. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, presumably as issued. Octavo (8.5 x 5.5 inches; 216 x 140 mm.). [2, blank], [2, title-leaf (verso blank)], 56, [4, blank] pages. Publisher's blue quarter-cloth over light blue cloth covered boards, spine lettered in gilt; all edges of the text block trimmed; pink endpapers; in the original dust jacket. Spine just barely askew; base of the spine with only a hint of rubbing. Page edges lightly foxed with an occasional fox mark in the text. Dust jacket somewhat foxed, mostly in the margins but still partially affecting the portraits on the front and rear panels; spine ends and fold edges with a touch of wear; slight discoloration of the original price sticker on the front flap (also visible on the front free endpaper). A nearly fine copy in a very good dust jacket. A collection of poems, some written while Barr (one of Texas's most famous sex workers) was serving a highly publicized prison sentence at the Goree Unit in Huntsville, Texas, for marijuana possession. "Reporters chronicled almost everything she did at Goree, from working as a seamstress in the prison garment factory and singing in the prison choir to playing in an all-female band at the prison rodeo and writing a book of poetry, which she later self-published, titled A Gentle Mind … Confused" (Skip Hollandsworth, "Candy Barr," published in Texas Monthly, September 2001). (#10038).