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ISSUE NO. 1

JULY 2024

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JULY 2024

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ISSUE NO. 1

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Creative

This section will publish creative contributions mostly from currently and formerly incarcerated people. It will include short-stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, and much more. If you have something creative to submit to us, we would love to read it, or see it, and publish it in About Time. 

The Write Ideas: Creative Writing Exercises!

Creative writing exercises: have a go!

By Michelle Wright

Writing can be a great way to express yourself, to get things out of your head and to pass the time. But writing can also be daunting: where to start? These exercises will help you get your pen to paper.

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Jan Kahanek
Markus Spiske

I'll Never Come to Prison Again

By Joseph B

If I could dress it up and say I never felt better

That I’ve got a girl at home and I’m waiting for a letter

I’d pretend the kids are fine and doing well at school

And when I phone they say they miss me

And they think their daddy’s cool

Aleksandr Eremin

I Am Yours

By Lauren

No matter what our pasts may say 

What hurts, our pains endured,

And tears shed for those who

Walked away.

You and I, need not let ourselves 

Be defined by those hurts from

Our pasts and no longer will it

Influence our time.

Jennifer Grismer

Waiting for Parole

By Nick

Waiting for parole is like remand all o'er again

When starting on my 'things-to-do', my mind leaps back to 'when!?'

All-consuming niggling thoughts contort me out of shape

Swarms of bees inside my head frantic for an escape

Years and years I've counted down now focused on just days

Yet I can't shake the fear and dread that l'Il be here always

Willy Pleasance

Darkness and Love

Anonymous

No matter what our pasts may say

What hurts, our pains endured,

And tears shed for those who

Walked away.

You and I, need not let ourselves

Be defined by those hurts from

Our pasts and no longer will it

Influence our time.

Willy Pleasance

The Road to Redemption

By Elisa

Don't follow in my footsteps

It's been no Sunday stroll

No the road to redemption

Isn't paved in gold

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