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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“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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All of the work collected and available in this archive is owned by, and all rights reserved, to the author. If you would like to use, distribute, or change any of the work presented in this archive you must have explicit permission from the author.

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