Hearken to Carolyne Wright learn her touching poem, “That Hen Has My Wings,” and don’t miss the creator’s word under on why her acrostic pantoum vertically spells out the title Jarvis Jay Masters, an African-American on demise row in a California jail.
Carolyne Wright reads “That Hen Has My Wings”
That Hen Has My Wings
By Carolyne Wright
Simply take a look at that gull hovering over the yard,
All its feathers shiny within the unfettered solar. It
Jogs my memory this jail’s not my house. My ideas
Veer aloft with that chook’s wings. My wings.
Its feathers are shiny within the unshackled solar. Its
Solitary flight exhibits me my destinyâ€”
Simply soar me aloft with that chook’s wings. My wings.
All season they elevate me in breeze over the bay, and say
“Your solitary flight exhibits that your future
Marks the sting of many human circles.” Wings,
At all times elevate me in breeze over the bay, to say
“Keep your hand, that chook has my wings.”
They mark the sting of many human circles
Coming into this jail, not my house, the place my coronary heart
Jogs my memory: Hand, keep â€” that chook has my wings.
So elevate up your eyes to him, hovering over the yard.
Writer’s Observe: Jarvis Jay Masters (born 1962) is an African-American on demise row in San Quentin. He arrived there in 1981, convicted of armed theft, and was moved to demise row after being convicted of collaborating within the homicide of a jail guard. In jail he has change into a Buddhist and has written a ebook, “That Hen Has My Wings: Autobiography of an Harmless Man on Loss of life Row.” The title comes from an incident that came about within the jail yard whereas Masters was occupied with life exterior. One other inmate started to toss stuff at a sea gull, and Masters, with out pondering, put out his hand to cease him. The opposite inmate angrily demanded to know why, and Masters replied, “I did that as a result of that chook has my wings.” The opposite man was so startled by this sudden reply that he didn’t retaliate. Different prisoners, who had gathered round hoping to see a struggle, started to snicker, and pressure was damaged.
Carolyne Wright’s most up-to-date collections are “Mania Klepto: the E-book of Eulene” (Turning Level Books, 2011); “A Change of Maps” (Misplaced Horse Press, 2006), finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award of the PSA, and nominated for the Los Angeles Occasions E-book Award; and “Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire” (Carnegie Mellon U Press / EWU Books, second version 2005), which gained the Blue Lynx Prize and American E-book Award.