Poetry Program Gives Prisoners Unexpected Voice

Richard Shelton, a poet and professor at the University of Arizona, has been coming into prisons as a volunteer since the early '70s, when a man on death row wrote to ask for feedback on his poems. In a new memoir, "Crossing the Yard," Shelton writes of that and many other extraordinary experiences. 09:14

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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