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6 Prison Poems
  • Mimmo Rotella, artist
    died: Milan, Italy ; active: Italy
    The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., publisher
  • 6 Prison Poems, 1968
  • S.M.S. No. 4
  • Where object was made: United States
  • offset lithograph
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Shearburn
  • Not on display
  • 1994.0127.10.a-g

Collection of poems and a sketch composed while Rotella was in prison in 1964 for marijuana possession. Black and white sketch of Rotella’s prison cell. Four gray sheets of paper have poems in Italian, written in blue ink. A postcard has another poem written in Italian in blue ink. A torn yellow sheet from a legal pad with black writing in English.