Morning Parade

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Spoon Jackson speaks of nature from behind bars.

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Unnatural Desert: The End of Arts-in-Corrections

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Spoon Jackson gives a glimpse into daily prison life and asks, “How can we heal without the arts?”

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Life Without Parole – Limbo

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Spoon Jackson contemplates his life without parole

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The Struggle To Be

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Loneliness is such a powerful feeling that it can often take away our desire to truly exist. Spoon Jackson reflects on this daily — behind bars.

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New Folsom Prison Diary: April

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Spoon Jackson’s view of the world from Folsom State Prison is framed by a 3″x3′ tall window.

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Stolen: A Letter from a Prisoner Serving Life without Parole

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Spoon Jackson does not define himself as a murderer, but by what he has done in the days since. How do you see him?

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A Poet on the Writing Process

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Spoon Jackson writes, “I believe art is waiting to come out when allowed the room to flow up.”

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Locked Down for Having Dreadlocks

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Injustices, large and small, abound in prison. California prison inmate Spoon Jackson, a teacher and poet, is wrongly identified as a gang member and placed on lockdown.

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Go On: Support The Other Death Penalty Project

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You can help raise awareness among policymakers of the cruelty of life without parole.

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To Watch TV or Not

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Spoon Jackson remembers the days before free TV pacified prison culture.

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Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough

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Kenneth E. Hartman’s anthology sheds light on the other death penalty: life without parole.

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A Prisoner’s Message to Youth on Gang Membership

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After Rosanne Cash’s visit, Spoon Jackson receives an opportunity to speak to troubled youth from within prison.

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The Poet in Prison Dreams

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A lover of birds dreams he can fly and talk to animals … and that his human brothers and sisters might learn to forgive him.

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Unrelenting: Mental Illness in Prison

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After 35 years of incarceration, Spoon Jackson says, “I have never adjusted to being caged.”

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Rosanne Cash Performs at Folsom State Prison

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Forty years after the late musician Johnny Cash performed “Folsom Blues” in the Folsom Prison Library, his daughter returns and meets GMP poet Spoon Jackson.

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Bird Lovers, Bird Haters

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Birds are a symbol of freedom and hope. To Spoon Jackson and other inmates, they are sacred guests.

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