Felon: Poems (Compact Disc)

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It seems to me that for most readers, poetry is pretty hit or miss -- either the poet speaks to you, displaying the uncanny ability to pull words seemingly out of your own head to craft images with an eerie familiarity, or they don't, and it's just word salad on the page.

Reginald Dwayne Betts speaks to me. Despite a catalogue of biographical differences -- I am not a poet, I am not a father, not a black man or a law school graduate or a felon -- these poems resonate, and remind me of the shared humanity that binds us all together. With the constant polarization of modern life, we could all use a reminder of the things that unite us - even if that uniting force is a sense of loss or a shared struggle.

In the spirit of finding that lost sense of togetherness, pick up some poetry -- you never know what sort of kindred spirit you'll discover.

— Matt, Longfellow Books


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 postincarceration 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 youmy love, killed you so dead that you're nothere now, you're never here, you're always.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797101675
ISBN-10: 1797101676
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Language: English