“Corcoran” by Chris Y. Inmate

April 4, 2013


Corcoran By Chris Y. ~


In white jumpsuits chained in groups

of four They pulled our bus onto the yard

Made to face a concrete wall Two gunners

and many a guard 10 toes, your chin

and chest Keep upon that wall

Unlock your knees it’s a 105 degrees

If one goes down you all fall

Welcome to the SHU this is hell

You committed a crime in CDC

Don’t fuck around we’ll put a bullet in you

In a very short time you will see.

What is your name?

Why are you in the shu?

I caused Great bodily injury in a riot.

He slammed my face against the wall

The rest of the line still and quiet.

One man was pulled right off the chain

He was surrounded and beaten a long time

Great bodily injury caused by the cops

Apparently isn’t a crime

They removed the waist chain choking me with a stick

The cuffs bit into my hand

They pulled my jumpsuit around my knees

“Now do you think you’re a man?”

What I experienced for the next 3 years

Made me wish I could die Although physically

I left in one piece

Parts of my mind did not survive.

Men were shot, men were stabbed

Some guys lost their minds

We had to fight while they shot at us

Hit with baton rounds eleven times.

I’m not trying to whine not trying to cry

Because my life is so much different today

I was 21 years old when I stood on that wall

It seems like a lifetime away

Not trying to act tough or exaggerate the facts

Just wanna get out what’s inside

I was only a kid trying to get through

They made me hate and hurt my pride

There’s a huge system right in societies face

That is just another criminal enterprise

I understand these people did bad things

My own part I now see and realize.

These are our brothers and these are our sons

Prejudice and mistreatment is not an answer

Our society doesn’t just doesn’t have a cold

We got mother fuckin cancer!

 So I lean toward the left in my political views

Because I saw too damn much of

“the right” Biases interfere with things

of this nature If you think that I’m biased you’re right.


Written By An Inmate In Ad-Seg (received 2013/4/4)


INK Announces Finalists in Prison Writing Contest

Vidahlia Press & Publishing House, Inc.

Ink RedoINK, the country’s most ambitious prison writing program, announces finalists in its first nation-wide prison writing contest. Vidahlia Press and Publishing House, Inc., an independent book publisher, launched INK in 2013 to provide a literary outlet for those who are incarcerated in federal, state and county institutions. Thousands of incarcerated writers across the U.S. responded and the finalists exhibit exceptional literary talent and promise as literary artists.

“History has shown that many of America’s greatest writers have penned their work while incarcerated, often in deplorable conditions,” said Roy J. Rodney Jr., Publisher and President at Vidahlia Press and Publishing House, Inc. “INK is a combination of the company’s desire to pay it forward and its belief that the mass incarceration of almost three million citizens in the Unites States includes many exceptional literary artists.”

Winners will be announced on October 22, 2014 to coincide with the 19th Annual Day of…

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Voices from Solitary: A Sentence Worse Than Death


Voices from Solitary: A Sentence Worse Than Death

elmira The following essay is by William Blake, who has been held in solitary confinement for nearly 26 years. Currently he is in administrative segregation at Elmira Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility located in south central New York State. In 1987, Blake, then 23 and in county court on a drug charge, murdered one deputy and wounded another in a failed escape attempt. He was sentenced to 77 years to life. 

This powerful essay earned Blake an Honorable Mention in the Yale Law Journal’s Prison Law Writing Contest, chosen from more than 1,500 entries. He describes here in painstaking detail his excruciating experiences over the last quarter-century. “I’ve read of the studies done regarding the effects of long-term isolation in solitary confinement on inmates, seen how researchers say it can ruin a man’s mind, and…

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INK: Prison Writing Contest Finalists Celebrate

Vidahlia Press & Publishing House, Inc.

July 4th AnnouncementAs we celebrate our nation’s freedom, Vidahlia Press is prepared to release the INK: A Prison Writing Contest Winners! Over one hundred talented writers from across the nation were identified as finalists. As you might surmise awarding prizes to the incarcerated can be a complicated matter. So we are still awaiting all the permissions necessary to ensure that we are able to provide the prizes to the winners.

We are working tirelessly on the anthology, From These Many Rooms, an inspiring collection that offers stories full of hope while teaching lessons in resilience, compassion, and redemption. These compelling, creative, and authentic works will inspire us all to live beyond boundaries and to visualize that the imagination is larger than any restraint or confinement. I hope you will agree.

We have included a randomly selected poem from a finalist who has already given permission, “Bird’s Eye View” by Sydney Duff.  Please stay…

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