From the very beginning of Prisoner Express, we have received poetry from prisoners. As we received more submissions we took the hint and began to feature prisoner poems in our newsletter. With the help of volunteers we have staged a number of public readings of prisoner poems, as well as conducted poetry contests for prisoners who wish to participate. Poetry provides a means where the prisoners we work with can freely express themselves. We invite you to read their writings and step into their world.
Click here to see the anthologies, and see recent posts below.
They listened to evening records
Over bowls of pork and beans,
Plumping up their hearts,
Although times were very lean…
Sideways by Jonathan C. Holeman AI 7466 CCI 4A7 108 PO Box 1902 Tehachapi, CA 93581 She walks sideways sometimes, Usually when she drinks, But not always. Sometimes it’s pills, It used to be needles, But now she says she’s sober. Before that was a glass pipe tin foil, pot pipe, cigarette, and beer. I…
ID #550368 Michael Unit 2664 FM 2054 Tennessee Colony, TX, 75886 To a prisoner in these walls so grey, With a trace of light, Today’s the same as yesterday, And both as dark as night. Tomorrow? Well, I guess it’ll be about the same As all the rest have been. I’ll get up, exist another…
ID #634548 Hughes Unit Route 2, P.O. Box 4400 Gatesville, TX, 76507 Is it so bizarre we’d wish on a star Or toss pennies into a pond? For life steals our dreams with its nebulous schemes, The casts us to those realms beyond.
Current & Past Poetry Anthologies from Prisoner Express
Here's some of the past anthologies we've printed and mailed to prisoners enrolled in our poetry programs. All of these anthologies are available for download and printing (see our copyright statement below) – simply click the PDF you'd like to download.
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