Un Trip through the Mind Jail y Otras Excursions


by Raúl Salinas

ISBN: 978-1-55885-275-4
Publication Date: November 30, 1999
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 192

Finally, this fundamental work of Chicano jail-house poetry is available to the general public.


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About The Book

Here is the long-awaited second edition of a pioneer work of Chicano literature, originally published as a collection in 1980 after individual poems by Salinas had appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies from the 1960s through the 1970s.

These fifteen years of poetry forged in the heat of the Chicano movement (a period Salinas spent, in part, in prison) reveal the growing politicization of intelligent and talented minority convicts incarcerated at a time when their communities were marching forward. As with Ricardo Sánchez and Jimmy Santiago Baca, prison bars were not strong enough to limit Salinas’s highly lyric, even rhapsodic calls for liberation—poems inspired by jazz, the Beat writers, nature, and political skirmishes.

Un Trip through the Mind Jail will stand for generations as a seminal text of Chicano and U. S. minority literature.


RAUL SALINAS (raulrsalinas) has long been known as East Austin’s Allen Ginsberg. A veteran of a 15-year ride through the American correctional system, Salinas has worked closely with Chicano gangs throughout the country, arranging and mediating peace summits and other negotiations. If there is a Chicano “howl,” it is Salinas’s “Un Trip through the Mind Jail,” the title poem of this classic collection. He is also the author of East of the Freeway (1996), which The Texas Observer called “one long enjambed bob calling for liberación con salsa y cool.”