Sack Nasty

You’ve heard of it, right?  A collection of prison poetry by Ra?  Yes?  Familiar?  I thought so.  You already have a copy?  Fantastic.  You don’t…?  What are you waiting for?

I’m not likely to tell you anything you don’t already know or couldn’t guess on your own.  The poems are gripping and insightful.  The voice and tone are true to Ra’s signature cadence.  The power of the words will force you to pay attention and make you think.  This poetry packs a punch.  And yet, there is a thread of driving hope, also a signature of Ra’s writing, prevalent throughout.

The poems uncover truths some might not see the value in shining a spotlight on, and some might not even believe are truths at all.  The poems discuss life and death: the often minuscule layer between them, the search for life behind bars, and the reluctance to admit that death is even a possibility.  The poems reveal the pain in the loss of one friend and the joy in the discovery of many new ones.

My words aren’t likely to sway you.  I doubt there is much I could say here to send you racing to buy the book, or to have you decide it wouldn’t interest you at all, but…  If you do happen to be on the fence, I would urge you to give Ra and Sack Nasty a try.  I think you will enjoy what you find within the pages of this book, this collection of prison poetry.

Let It Be

Rara is free. And I have it on good authority she is sneaking around the blogosphere to see what everyone has been up to. Check out the last of her series over at Stories and feel free to leave links for “all the things” she has missed in the last year.

Stories that Must Not Die

This is post 6 of 6, and concludes the series of poems and prose that Rara sent to be shared with the Stories community. 

In a bit of good news, she was released early on July 18th.  

Still, if you can, and you haven’t already, please donate to the Rara Relief fund.  Every little bit will help her get back on her feet.

He wouldn’t be caught dead
In brick-ugly maroon, he declared

And I asked – –
Would it make the stars fade?

YES.  He said,
With a certainty most reserve for big truths.

(But then – he never believed in measuring truths.  Or dreams.  Or possibilities.  Or the cosmos.)

He wouldn’t have been caught dead
in a brick-ugly maroon box – –

but then he was,
and in appreciation of the way he let them be

– – limitless – –

the stars let him be right…

View original post 12 more words

A Request

Click on through to see a simple request that could make a huge difference for Rara.

Stories that Must Not Die

In a recent letter I received from our favorite Jail-Dino, Rara, she requested any and all glimpses of our worlds that we were willing to share, including: “traffic, skies, coffee cups, buildings, kids, art, snowcones, everything.  I want to see the world!”

And!  To make that super easy, there is a wonderful app called freeBird Cards (available through the Google Play store, and probably through iTunes but I haven’t confirmed that – if someone could and leave that information in the comments below that would be greatly appreciated).

Some of you may have already heard about this app, because Grayson posted about it over on Rarasuar a few days ago.  If you haven’t checked it out, it really is as easy as he made it sound.  I installed the app on my phone, selected a picture, input the correct addresses and a personal message, picked which advertisement I wanted to…

View original post 51 more words

Rara has moved again

Her new address:

Radhika Jaini, WF0124
PO Box 8100
Corona, CA  93610-8100

She should be in this new location for at least a couple months.  And, yes, any letters you just sent off to the previous location will be forwarded to her.  It may take a week or so, but she’ll get them all eventually.

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, everyone in the US.  Happy random Thursday in November, everyone else.  If you’ve been following along with my new “sorceress” story you’ll be happy to know that I’ve written enough so there is a post scheduled for every week now through the end of the year.  Thanks for the feedback.  Thanks for reading.