Maggie Jaffe The Prisons

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The Prisons

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Poetry. "Maggie Jaffe's poems have a rare power and beauty that says something profound about the world we live in" - Howard Zinn. "This book ought to come with warning labels: 'Danger! Explosive Material!'; 'Mind-Altering Substance - Use with Care'; and, most important of all, 'Do not be captured with this book in your possession.' The blazing vision of Maggie Jaffe's poems transforms America's prisons into a BOOK OF REVELATIONS for our epoch" - H. Bruce Franklin. "Riot. Lock down. The guard -- / gray gun-metal eyes and serial-killer/ smile - barks, WHO STARTED THIS?/ Twelve hands go up. TWELVE/ DAYS IN THE HOLE./ WHO DIDN'T? Fifteen hands reach for the overhead pipes./ FIFTEEN DAYS IN THE HOLE./ He beats his nightstick with a pulsing/ rhythm against his thigh, all the while/ softly moaning, I'M GETTING HARD,/ MAN, GETTING HARD." - "Ultimate Aphrodisiac."

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This book ought to come with warning labels: 'Danger! Explosive Material!'; 'Mind-Altering Substance— Use with Care'; and, most important of all, 'Do not be captured with this book in your possession.' The blazing vision of Maggie Jaffe's poems transforms America's prisons into a Book of Revelations for our epoch.
—H. Bruce Franklin, Prison Writing in 20th-Century America

Maggie Jaffe’s The Prisons is full of anger and full of love. By setting the world of prison and politics, prisoners and the people who love them, into this large and fiery context, Jaffe demands her readers think big, deep and with all of ourselves.
Judith Tannenbaum, Disguised as a Poem Fortune News

Maggie Jaffe's poems have a rare power and beauty that says something profound about the world we live in.
Howard Zinn, The People's History of the United States

About the Author:

Originally from New York, Maggie Jaffe lives in San Diego and teaches at San Diego State University. In 1993-94 she was a visiting lecturer in the Czech Republic. She is a recipient of a 1998 California Arts Council Grant. Her publications include Continuous Performance, How The West Was One, 1492: What Is It Like To Be Discovered?, a collaboration with the artist Deborah Small, and 7th Circle, which won the San Diego Book Award for Poetry.

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