Notes from the Land of Oz

Blast Zone

It was a sunny day. I was standing in line for chow. The guy ahead of me stretched lazily and yawned.

Innocents in Paradise

Billy was a big lump of a man. I met him when he got transferred to the sex offender program in the New Hampshire State Prison. By then he was twenty-nine.

Transport to Prison

It takes fifty minutes to drive from Dover to Concord. I wished it would take longer even though handcuffs chaffed my wrists.

Dying to Be Free

He shuffles across the prison yard, hands in the pockets of a coat he’s worn for the past eight winters. When it was new, it more or less fit. Now it hangs from his frame like a shroud.

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