During our conversations with people on the inside, callers sometimes share with us ways they are able to cope with the trauma, stress, and tragedy they face everyday. One such way is through artistic expression. Drawing, making music, writing poetry and other forms of creation have helped give our callers solace, power, and a voice; things that incarceration tried to take away from them.
We are excited to now share some of these works of art, created by artists on the inside, with you. But while we are very grateful to be able to spread their creations to a wider audience, we also cannot wait for the day that all people will draw, sing, write, create and live freely, outside of the walls of jails and prisons.
Came from poverty, in the mountains of Haiti, now incarcerated in the U.S. Growing up, I was taught love, respect, and loyalty. Writing my story through poetry.
Poems titled “Without”, “Many Can’t Breathe” and more
Lyrics here, audio coming soon