Poetry-writing inmate helps Prison Book Program win $1,000 grant

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The CTK Foundation from Austin, Texas, has named the Prison Book Program the winner of one of its 2011 Heart and Soul Grant. PBP won the $1,000 Blogger’s Choice Award with a poem by Jim Huber, an inmate from Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jim has submitted work to PBP before, with his essay Literature has been my great escape... Is it yours too? Below, you can read his winning poem in its entirety and in its shorter form, which was used for the Heart and Soul Grant competition.

With the new grant money, the Prison Book Program will be able to send more than 300 packages of books to prisoners across the United States. More poetry from inmates will be posted on the PBP blog in the coming days.



One More Book Please!


Hope has long passed and despite my long prayers
Like a ghost I still wander, feeling like no one cares
Drifting through the days that blend, in a mindless trance
Surviving in this prison has only been by mere chance.

Suspicion, fear and anger have long ruled in this place
I’m gone now from the world without even a trace
You look for reprieve, far from the prison rage
And realize the tranquil peace found in the written page

In a concrete corner, hope your pain lets you be
The story in your hand can truly set you free
There’s happiness in losing yourself in thoughts of another place
You may very well feel the warm soothing of God’s grace

Oh, joy you can feel, the time you can spend
Feeling FREE AS A BIRD… until you reach the end
In closing the cover, a tear falls to the floor
Please send another book… Please just one more!

Submitted by Jim Huber
US Penitentiary, Kansas



One More Book Please! (short version)

Suspicion, fear and anger have long ruled in this place
I’m gone now from the world without even a trace
You look for reprieve, far from the prison rage
And realize the tranquil peace found in the written page

Oh, joy you can feel, the time you can spend
Feeling FREE AS A BIRD… until you reach the end
In closing the cover, a tear falls to the floor
Please send another book… Please just one more!

Submitted by Jim Huber
US Penitentiary, Kansas

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