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Prison Poetry

How Poetry Alters Prison Inmates' Minds

John Wareham | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
John Wareham

There it is! An astonishing confession of crime, guilt and confusion within a memorable, stream of consciousness poem. It is also an elegant example of notion that victims exist at both ends of a gun.

The Prisoner Who Wrote A Poem To His Parole Board

Doris Friedensohn | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Doris Friedensohn

In prison for 27 years, Robert Counts (known then as Ishmael Shamsid-din) read Shakespeare and Robert Frost, Einstein, Malcolm X and the Koran. He started to write poems -- including one to his parole board, entitled "if only".