SOUTH DAKOTA CELL BLOCK SENDS SOME LOVE
I love your newspaper. It always has good articles and info in it. The facility I’m in here in South Dakota has COVID-19 restrictions and the library is closed, so there’s no way to get literature right now. It’s been like this for a while and when I receive new issues of your newspaper, I let everyone read it. The whole cell-block is fans of San Quentin News. Keep up the good work.
Peace and love,
Hey, Lyle! Thanks to you and all the fellas at PCJ for the love. Hope you guys are all staying well and keeping healthy. Keep your heads up!
MULE CREEK SHU RESIDENT REACHES OUT
Hello and God bless. My name is Morgan, and I really love reading your newspaper. I am doing a SHU-term here at Mule Creek. I know you send 600 newspapers each month to the Mule Creek library, but I can’t just go there and get one because I am in Ad-Seg. I have put in several requests to the law library, with no response. Please send me your paper! I beg you to please send me your paper. My family will also subscribe if we can. Thanks a lot.
Mule Creek State Prison
We’re adding you to our mailing list, Morgan! You should start getting the paper soon. Your family can go to SanQuentinNews.com to read our paper, donate, and get their own copy. Thanks for reading the SQNews!
“A Speck of Sand”
I am a single minuscule grain of sand
Dying of thirst in a desert of over 3 million other significant specks.
Entire beaches of silica swallowed
Whole by America’s international monstrosity called
Secure Detention Facility
House of Corrections
Land of the Lost
The infinite granite walls a hard shell
Clamping down, locking us in
We see behind the concrete curtain
Watching in horror as
The great and terrible
Administrative wizards wind & grind
The inner machinations of the System
Spineless, heartless, cold-blooded as an oyster
My burden: To try to fix the broken by
Writing grievances, kites, letters, fiction, appeals, essays and
(like this one)
I’m only one speck of sand, creating a little friction
a minor irritation to the Goliath leviathan
but maybe someday I’ll be a Pearl.
Moose Lake, MN
Thank you for sharing your work with us, Matthew!