Prison Poetry: A Medium for Growth and Change
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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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