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I can talk to kids all day. They interest me. They will never pretend to like you. For that I am forever grateful.

If the tightrope I walk in making these poems is that of sentimentality, I’m okay with that challenge--mostly because I didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter.


Lupe's Diamonds

We can enter a poem in an almost limitless number of ways--through its imagery, its social underpinnings, its meaning, its rhythms, its sentence structure, its line breaks.

In the end, “The heart lies to itself because it must.”

The Northern Road

My Solidarity

After writing a poem (never during or before the poem), ask yourself these questions.

The imagery in her poems often stretches like a coastline or the orientation lines on a map.

Confused Like Horses

The Hills

His pages speak to you; and they will be remembered.

Cole does not get enough credit for his piano playing, but then again, how do you give genius enough credit?


Unlocked is an educational program developed and run by The Red Room Company in collaboration with NSW Correctional Centres. The program aims to unlock the potential of inmates through the transformative possibilities of poetry.