Tag Archives: violence

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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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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In The World

When the next riot breaks out I know where I’ll hide. If I’m in the dormitory, I will crawl beneath my bunk. The corner walls should box me in nicely. If I’m on the rec yard, I will climb a … Continue reading

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Smashed

I was in the library reviewing job applications for the upcoming mock job fair when Old Man Landry got smashed. Every year, volunteer business professionals are invited into the prison to help prepare soon-to-be-released inmates to enter the workforce. At … Continue reading

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Locks, Canes, and Vaseline

There was a rash of fights this Thanksgiving. The first occurred on Wednesday between two whites, a Floridian and a Texas. The Floridian refused to pay a thirty-dollar debt, so, as is the customary procedure in prison, the Texas went … Continue reading

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Lockdown

I read in Gretchen Ruben’s The Happiness Project that people who live together eventually turn into each other. That is, they tend to adopt each other’s habits and behaviors. Over time, they may even begin to resemble each other physically. … Continue reading

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Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Saturday nights are Nacho Night: Heat one twelve-ounce packet of Bushy Creek Chili under hot tap water–the 190 as they say in prison. To that, add a drop of soy sauce, a packet of Ramen seasoning (chicken flavor), a handful … Continue reading

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