Compiled by - Micah Theodore, Christian Kassa, and Kylar 0. Hughes
"A Poem for My Brother," by Micah Theodore, Bard Early College New Orleans.
Artist Statement: A poem from someone who has experienced the effects of prison up close. Without these systems in place will the world be pretty? Penitentiary is a caging of humans no matter the reason to capitalize on mistakes. Unfairly treated and no one cares so just lock them up like the animals they were always looked at as. Without Prison, will they become civilized?
"(Prison) Food for Thought," by Christian Kassa, Bard Early College New Orleans.
Artist Statement: When I try to imagine a world without prison, I include more than the American form of federal prison to think on a bigger scale. I try to connect the shocking similarities and objectives of slavery, concentration camps, and modern day prison. In all three cases, one elite race has the belief that they are dominate and therefore, abuses their power on the sub-dominate race (Blacks/minorities and Jews).One primary factor I considered while writing is the human value that each of these prisoners loose when they become imbedded back into society. A world without prison means a world without dominance, is it possible?
"Angola Speaks," by Kylar O. Hughes, Bard Early College New Orleans.
Artist Statement: The goal for writing this piece was to invoke thought through the use of imagination. In this poem where Angola,the actual prison building, is telling you how it feels about itself. In my opinion, this is something no one thinks about. Therefore the ultimate question posed is: How does prison feel about prison?