Prisoner Express Poetry

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.

“In Memoriam,” by J.S. Slaymaker

ID#634548 Hughes Unit Route 2, P.O. Box 4400 Gatesville, TX, 76507 Between the kisses and I love yous Were the other women, the dope, and the booze. Our time together, though cherished, felt stolen, Leaving our hearts bruised, battered, and swollen. Forever I squandered our love on a lie, And ask again, ask again, ask…

“Swimming,” by Kristopher Smith

Swimming By Kristopher Smith #01703391 Connolly Unit 889 FM 632 Kenedy, TX, 78119     When my soul slips in sorrow And regret pulls me down into the depths of darkness I must either tread water Or try to make it to the distant shore. In the worst of times, I can’t believe That the…

“Prison Life,” by William E. Hill

Prison Life By William E. Hill #743871   James V. Allred 2101 FM 369N Iowa Park, TX 76367   A filing cabinet of human lives, Bulging at the seams. In baskets stacked Way beyond their means.   At the main office Information is compiled, Labeled, sorted, Catalogued, and filed.   Files retrieved On a regular…

“At Lincoln’s Feet,” by Leslie Samuel Charles Amison

At Lincoln’s Feet By Leslie Samuel Charles Amison #BL2372   Rockview State Prison, Bellefonte, PA 16823   I am at Lincoln’s feet; But I am everywhere. I burn by my own energy. I light up that memorial– Incandescent, I look at my own slavery; And I see the protesting gesture.   Then, I burn and…


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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.

Poetry #19
Poetry #18
Poetry #17
Poetry #16
Poetry #15
Poetry #14
Poetry #13
Poetry #12
Poetry #11
Poetry #10
Poetry #9
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Poetry #5
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Poetry #3
Poetry #2
Poetry #1

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