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About Spoon Jackson

Poet/writer/artist/teacher. In prison since 1977. I had two books published in 2010 “Longer Ago Poems by Spoon Jackson” and “By Heart Poetry, Prison, And Two Lives”, a double memoir by Judith Tannenbaum and me. I've been featured in films, plays, articles, books and music suites. I've found my niche in life despite being in prison for over 35 years. I have found that prisons are created internally and are truly found everywhere. I have also discovered that the secrets to break down prison walls are inside each person and I treasure sharing this realness with people. I keep my light glowing through expressing my inner thoughts, vibes and feelings in my poetry and prose writing. Write to me! Address on the blog: Spoon Jackson Realness Network.


  1. For a disturbing view on the use of solitary confinement in american prisons and how flimsy the “evidence” needed to throw someone into solitary confinement (which is classified as torture by the UN) for years at a time (one prisoner have been held in solitary confinement for 42 years) seen through the eyes of Shane Bauer (who was held in solitary confinement in Iran for 26 months) then read this powerful piece: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/solitary-confinement-shane-bauer

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