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Akili Castlin

John A

Last night GC and I found ourselves at the Umi Cafe for a book launch and poetry reading. The author of the book, Akili Castlin, was not there, because he’s in Pelican Bay State Prison in California. He’s 37 years old. He’s been incarcerated since he was 23. He’s been in solitary […]

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Still Life with Duncan

My friend Fiona dropped by for a visit last night.

“What do you need?” she asked before she came over, “What can I bring?”

“I don’t need anything,” I replied, and then added as a crafty afterthought, “Except maybe a Mars Bar.”

(You can get away with this sort of thing when you’re recovering […]