New Writing by Members of REACH Coalition

Explore new poetry, essays, and short stories from REACH members here.

Socrates heads off to his conversations with the folks sent to Elysium while Zimmerman keeps a low profile forever in some undisclosed location.  Kind of a death penalty v LWOP weighing of the scales of blind justice.  Notice they never say she doesn’t hear the whispers of Trayvon…

Continue reading Zimmerman v Socrates by Gary Cone.

The fact is, whether it’s prison, the projects, a retirement community, or Brentwood, the problems and expectations are the same.  By living in our community and taking part in the balance of its movements, we become an intricate part of a working collective community that’s united and growing…

Continue reading How do we create community in spaces that tend to destroy it? by Ron Cauthern


Dreams of having another chance. To

see a different morning and cherish

the night of freedom. To embrace it

like a child, with the knowledge of

the past.  Truly knowing whats right

and wrong. Allow my words to live

even after I am gone.


Continue reading poetry by Akil Jahi here.


About rethinkingprisons

Art, philosophy and activism from Tennessee's death row
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