This poet needs our help: SPOON JACKSON, imprisioned for 41 years for a crime he committed at 19 is still writing poetry and now asking for help to get commutation

c Spoon Jackson

“We make our world with words! No one knows this truth better than the Poet, the wordsmith crafting perception of moments into bite sized pieces of sound—line, verse, phrase, sentence; meaning and its absence.” Longer Ago, Poems by Spoon Jackson, Feeling is a footpath to the heart of the world, Rootfolks MORE



c Spoon Jackson / photo with family, friends, teachers

“I have found that prisons are created internally and are truly found everywhere.” Spoon Jackson (realness network)


In the interest of time, I’m sharing this from Wikipedia.  The petition needs to go to the governor tomorrow, October 15.  As this post goes up,  there are only 1,651 signatures. 2,500 are needed. The petition is HERE. Please feel free to reblog this post.

“Spoon Jackson (Stanley “Spoon” Russell Jackson) was born August 22, 1957 in Barstow, California. He began serving a life without possibility of parole sentence in 1978.[1] He has served time in more than a half-dozen California state prisons. He is currently in California State Prison, Los Angeles County.

“Spoon began writing poetry during his years at San Quentin State Prison in the 80’s. He enrolled in a four-year poetry workshop run by Judith Tannenbaum and discovered himself as a writer. Spoon played Pozzo in the 1988 production of Samuel Beckett‘s play Waiting for Godot directed by Jan Jonson which brought him international attention. A short documentary was produced about the making of the play by John Reilly and Global Village for The Beckett Project. Spoon served over 12 years in California State Prison, Sacramento (New Folsom), where he was active as a teacher’s aide and later had his own writing classes in the Arts In Corrections programs. Since then, Spoon has written plays, poetry, novels, fairy tales, short stories, essays, memoir and he frequently writes articles for magazines. Along with friends from Sweden, Spoon started the “Peace Gang” in order to spread and share his poetry. In October 2016, Spoon took part in a 15-week creative writing classes in a maximum-security yard at California State Prison, Los Angeles (Lancaster), run by Los Angeles Poet Laureate and renown author Luis J. Rodriguez.

“In 2003, Michel Wenzer produced a documentary in Sweden entitled Three Poems by Spoon Jackson. The film included recordings of Spoon reciting his poems, taped from telephone calls. Michel Wenzer completed a full-length documentary (2011) about prisoners in the Art in Corrections program at New Folsom Prison: At Night I Fly. The title comes from one of Jackson’s poems, he also features in the film. At Night I Fly won the Swedish Guldbagge Film Award for best documentary of the year 2011. A documentary titled Spoon, by Michka Saäl, premiered in 2015.

Words of Realness, a suite for chorus and orchestra by Swedish composer Stefan Säfsten based on Jackson’s poems, premiered on October 5, 2008 in Kista, Stockholm.

“More recent music productions are the album The Prison Music Project (2015),produced by Zoe Boekbinder and Ani DiFranco, and Die Jim Crow (2016) produced by Fury Young.” courtesy Wikipedia

By Heart: Poetry, Prison and Two Lives. New Village Press, 2010. A two-person memoir written by Judith Tannenbaumand Jackson.

Longer Ago: Poems by Spoon Jackson. 2010.

Bo Osdrowski/Tom Riebe (Ed.): Spoon Jackson. Versensporn – Heft für lyrische Reize Nr. 11, Edition POESIE SCHMECKT GUT, Jena 2013, (including a DVD with a short film by Michel Wenzer Three Poems by Spoon Jackson).

Too Cruel Not Unusual Enough. 2013. Anthology

Philosophers Imprisoned. 2015. Anthology

Felsentauben erwachen auf Zellenblock 8. 2017. Poems translated to German by Rainer Komers, edited by Jürgen Brôcan.


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and the associate editor of a regional employment publication. Currently I run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers.

My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation Press, The River Journal, The Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman.

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17 Comments on “This poet needs our help: SPOON JACKSON, imprisioned for 41 years for a crime he committed at 19 is still writing poetry and now asking for help to get commutation

  1. not only the youth of the crime, which he did admit to, and which probably would have had his time served years ago. But the reality again we must continue to face of the limited justice available for black people when he was sentenced. “Special circumstances” which made him ineliglble for parole and in the same fell swoop made another trial unattainable. As a nation we are still struggling for equal justice for all.

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  2. The spirit of the poet cannot be contained by walls. This is a wonderful proof, if proof were needed, of that truth, Jamie. How well you do to find such moving stories.

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