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National Poetry Month

Throughout the month of April, Inquest will publish new poetry by a group of incarcerated men in Massachusetts, all of whom work under the banner Ink from Honey, which its founder describes as a collective of “grassroots poets writing the evolution of redemption.”

—April 2024

Work in this series:

Ink from Honey

In the introduction to our National Poetry Month series, an incarcerated poet reflects on how writing is helping him reclaim the story of his life.

Amos Don

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National Poetry Month: Wayne Grant

“The Names They Call Us”

Wayne Grant

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National Poetry Month: Alexander Gallet

“Prisoner of Poetry”

Alexander Gallet

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National Poetry Month: Brandon Callender

“Incarcerated Slavery” & “2 crack a smile”

Brandon Callender

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National Poetry Month: Amos Don

“Don Haitian Monument” & “The Hunters”

Amos Don

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Bars behind bars

More from our archives


Goodnight Jail

Based on ‘Goodnight Moon’, the 1947 bedtime classic by Margaret Wise Brown.

El Jones

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Poetry from Attica

From Celes Tisdale’s creative writing workshop with Attica Uprising survivors.

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Hip Hop Is My Life

I spit bars on Death Row to preserve the legacy of our people, what’s been done to us, and how we’ve fought back.

Alim Braxton

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When You Hear Me, You Hear Us

Incarcerated as children, four gifted poets share their art, their experiences, and themselves.

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Life Inside

‘We Are Men’

On the 50th anniversary of a flashpoint of the American penal system, the cries of Attica still resonate today.

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