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.
Spoon Jackson writes, “I believe art is waiting to come out when allowed the room to flow up.”
Spoon Jackson remembers the days before free TV pacified prison culture.
After Rosanne Cash’s visit, Spoon Jackson receives an opportunity to speak to troubled youth from within prison.
A lover of birds dreams he can fly and talk to animals … and that his human brothers and sisters might learn to forgive him.
After 35 years of incarceration, Spoon Jackson says, “I have never adjusted to being caged.”
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.
Spoon Jackson welcomes Spring with the declaration that “There is still beauty in cell bars.”
Spoon Jackson, who has served 34 years of a life sentence in prison, faces the reality of his fate.
GMP Poet Spoon Jackson is one of the subjects of Michel Wenzler’s complex portrait of prison life, in its US premiere at MOMA on February 20.
While in lockdown, poet and prisoner Spoon Jackson flies in his mind’s eye, witness to freedom and injustice.