Felon by Reginald Dwayne Betts audiobook

Felon: Poems

By Reginald Dwayne Betts
Read by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Simon & Schuster Audio 9780393652147
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A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys “the visceral effect that prison has on identity” (New York Times). Felon tells the story of one man in fierce, dazzling poems—canvassing his wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace—and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of postincarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person’s life. Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a “felon.” From “Night” What she tells me: prison killed you my love, killed you so dead that you’re not here now, you’re never here, you’re always.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys “the visceral effect that prison has on identity” (New York Times).

Felon tells the story of one man in fierce, dazzling poems—canvassing his wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace—and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of postincarceration existence and examines prison not as a static space, but as a force that enacts pressure throughout a person’s life. Challenging the complexities of language, Betts animates what it means to be a “felon.”

From “Night”

What she tells me: prison killed you
my love, killed you so dead that you’re not
here now, you’re never here, you’re always.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shows how poems can be enlisted to radically disrupt narrative.” New Yorker
“The poems vividly chronicle how the dehumanizing experience of incarceration doesn’t end with a clean slate but with another long struggle on the outside, one that often includes homelessness, drug abuse and underemployment.” Washington Post
“Betts exposes systematic prejudices, legal disparities, and the emotional strain of raising two sons in a country accustomed to assuming the worst about Black males.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Reginald Dwayne Betts

Author Bio: Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts has had his poetry published in many national literary journals and contributed an essay to Marita Golden’s anthology It’s All Love. He has been awarded the Holden Fellowship from the MFA program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. A Cave Canem fellow, his poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 1.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English