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.

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“Frozen Sunrise,” by Bryan Kim

Frozen Sunrise By Bryan Kim #315649 WSP-WC-E-128 1313 N 13 Ave. Walla Walla, WA 99362 My breath clouds the chilly winter air, In the indigo world that exists in that precious Moment before the sun breaks the horizon. I can feel the icy tentacles of cold invading my Toes and fingers. A silver of ocher…

“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…

“The One and Only,” by Brian K Mcnutt

The One and Only By Brain K Mcnutt #40271   SUSPB-2-131L P.O. Box 1020 Soledad, CA 93960-1020   One day the Lord had a very tough task And wasn’t sure which angel to ask. The job at hand was one of much need, For a servant of his would not follow his lead. He summoned…

“Whispers Through the Trees,” by Gilbert Madrid

8/1/12 Whispers Through the tree People Destroy things every day, from regard to idle time, And some things perish anyway, from living things to idle minds, It couldn’t really hurt to die, no more than it hurts to live, The people left always cry, when theres nothing left to give Death is just the final…


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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.

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