On the last day of February, the thought of conducting my prison writing workshops made the little zigzagged vein on my left temple throb. The pounding wasn’t about confronting a prisoner who insisted he wrote my friend’s daughter’s published poem …
I love the Three Musketeers. Not those of whom Dumas wrote, the other ones, wrapped in shiny foil. Last I tasted one was about twenty-two years ago in a wretched contract facility near Bakersfield where a vendor stocking the machine…
I’m standing in the city bus, holding onto an overhead bar to keep my balance (too tall, really, for the straps), my stop just half a block away. The bus is idling at a red light, and I glance through…
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