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Dawn in the Big House Paperback – February 17, 2006

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Writing from the foul dark of one of California’s infamous penitentiaries, he gives us...insights into the life inside. --Hayden Carruth

This little book performs a great service in its illuminations. --William Styron

About the Author

Christopher Presfield was born in 1955 and raised primarily in the Ozarks. He has spent most of the past thirty-three years incarcerated for various drug-related property crimes. He has no history of violence. He has been in recovery for several years and has made a commitment to demystify the public’s awareness about North America’s prison colonies. He is also interested in rediscovering the works of blacklisted writers from the HUAC era.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Pygmy Forest Press; Signed edition (February 17, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0944550738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944550731
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,242,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawn in the Big House is a collection of poems about life inside prison, written by an inmate of one of California's penitentiaries (he has been incarcerated for various drug-related property crimes, and has no history of violent offenses). The brief, free-verse expressions offer an unforgettable glimpse into life behind stone walls. Dawin in the Big House is a compilation that, once started, literally cannot be put down. "One Lives in Stone": So long the wind begins to fade / to gray, one lives in stone, steel / as though no other form exists, / contained under a nervy sky.
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