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Felon

By: Reginald Dwayne Betts
Narrated by: Reginald Dwayne Betts
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Publisher's Summary

A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys “the visceral effect that prison has on identity” (New York Times).

Felon tells the story of one man in fierce, dazzling poems - canvassing his wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace - and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of post-incarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person’s life. Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a “felon”.

From “Night”

What she tells me: prison killed you
my love, killed you so dead that you’re not
here now, you’re never here, you’re always.

©2019 Reginald Dwayne Betts (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Resonates

I served 12 yrs in prison, entering a teenager and released a man. These poems and essays spoke feelings and that I have felt but have been unable to articulate. Powerful. Moving.

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Wonderful

This book really makes you feel the experience of the writer as if talking to your best friend. I am neither black nor male. Highly recommend this book.

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Free Verse for the Free Mind

An exceptional literary achievement born of actual life experiences. You will find these stories impactful.

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Enlightening & Real

This provided both familiarity and insight to me. He articulated his personal plight while also being a voice for so many others affected by mass incarceration. Hearing the writer read his own words was powerful.

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Painful verses by a hurting man.

These are the words of a man writing as if under water or drowning under the weight of memories. Beautiful yet painful to listen to. Four Stars ****

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powerful

the exposure gained by this book is worthy of a second read. the poems are strong and yet so fragile.