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Felon

Poems
Narrated by: Reginald Dwayne Betts
Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
Categories: Drama & Poetry, Poetry
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A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys “the visceral effect that prison has on identity” (New York Times).

Felon tells the story of one man in fierce, dazzling poems - canvassing his wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace - and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of post-incarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person’s life. Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a “felon”.

From “Night”

What she tells me: prison killed you
my love, killed you so dead that you’re not
here now, you’re never here, you’re always.

©2019 Reginald Dwayne Betts (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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I served 12 yrs in prison, entering a teenager and released a man. These poems and essays spoke feelings and that I have felt but have been unable to articulate. Powerful. Moving.