Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 149–158 | Cite as

Prison Poetry: A Medium for Growth and Change

  • Juliet C. Rothman
  • Reginald Walker


Poetry is an excellent therapeutic medium for use in prisons. It can be written in confined spaces, can be shared with fellow prisoners, and encourages self-expression for those whose routines and confinement may tend to stifle the exploration of person and experience that is a vital part of growth and self-awareness. The article presents both a program for poetry and creative writing in the prison setting and an inmate’s poetry to illustrate the kinds of growth and change that can be engendered through poetic expression.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliet C. Rothman
    • 1
  • Reginald Walker
    • 2
  1. 1.National Catholic School for Social ServiceUSA
  2. 2.Western Correctional InstitutionUSA

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