Greensboro, North Carolina: Unicorn Press, 1973. First Edition, First Printing. INSCRIBED by Daniel Berrigan on the front free end paper: "Doug - / to say thank you and / AGAIN! / Dan." A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing in a Very Good dust jacket. Spine ends rubbed, front board's upper right corner and bottom edge bumped, age toning to board extremities. Dust jacket has a few small closed tears along the extremities. Scarce signed. Item #594
The book features poems that Berrigan wrote while in Danbury Federal Penitentiary, where he was incarcerated on charges of conspiracy and destruction of government property. Berrigan, along with his brother and seven other Catholic peace activists, had removed and destroyed files from a Maryland draft office in 1968. The group used homemade napalm to burn the files. Of that event, Berrigan wrote: "Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children...""Prison Poems" contains a Foreword written by Daniel Berrigan's brother, Philip. Unicorn Press republished the book in 1982. Signed copies of this first edition (1973) are not often seen in the market.