Prison Poetry: A Medium for Growth and Change
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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