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Writing programs in prisons and rehabilitation centers have proven time and again to be transformative and empowering for people in need. Halfway houses, hospitals, and shelters are all fertile ground for healing through the imagination and can often mean the difference for inmates and patients between just simply surviving and truly thriving. It is in these settings that ...more
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Published April 14th 2015 by Trinity University Press (first published April 7th 2015)
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Eric Boyd
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I'm in it, so it's amazing; past that, you've got Ray Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Dorothy Allison, Terrance Hayes, Tim O'Brien, and August Wilson. Seriously, what more do you need? Moving work throughout and all laid out cleanly, simply. A good book, and besides that, an important one.
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This book was packed full of passion and coldness as well. For those in confinement, writing is an escape. Subsequently, those who feel chaos may find peace and those with peace may find chaos. Writing fulfills what you are looking for with imagined worlds beyond everyday sensations. It gives you a home to spill out slang and jargon acquired along your path. Many of the excerpts make note of this. Regular people, like you or I, bare the gatherings of their life, the temptations and what giving t ...more
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A collection of nonfiction essays, poetry, and short fiction... I loved this. Loved the rawness of the stories and essays and poetry - especially the poetry. Loved the humanity exposed in this collection. Loved what feelings this book evoked in me.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading about the many faces of addiction. I'd also recommend taking your time reading it (I did) - because the pain and rawness and vulnerability in these pieces can be somewhat overwhelming
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