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Mascots

Before the roadrunner came into our lives there was the skunk, whose feather duster tail could often be seen surfacing from the tall grass behind the library like a periscope. We presumed him male and assigned him familiar vices. Our … Continue reading

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Remediation

No one seems able to agree on how the custom of knocking on the mess hall tables got started. Some say the practice began in state prisons where inmates, pressed to eat quickly, exchanged knocks in place of formal pleasantries. … Continue reading

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Seasonal Doldrums

Fall has arrived. Mornings have cooled. In the prison parking lot the wind turbine, which had languished all the hot summer long, is spinning once again, slowly, idly, its white metallic petals dipping and fluttering in sympathy with the new … Continue reading

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Sunrise, Sunset

A steel cage divides the room. His is the side with no exit. My responsibility is to watch him, to make sure he doesn’t kill himself with that spoon he eats his roast pork supper with. I note in the … Continue reading

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Watching

We meet today, as we do every quarter, in a windowless room at the back of the psychology department. Seated behind a lectern are some thirty volunteers, including myself. At the front of the room, Dr. Hart is recounting the … Continue reading

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Tour Group

I hate it when outsiders tour the prison. A group of six people led by the Assistant Warden passed through the library this afternoon dressed in cargo pants, jeans, and flip flops. Their lack of decorum infuriated me. These people, … Continue reading

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The Suicide

A boy hung himself in the downstairs unit this morning. A gaurd found him in his cell, strung up from the ceiling. I say he was a boy, but he may very well have been a full-grown man. It’s hard … Continue reading

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