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Poems of Political Prisoners: Twelve Poets

Poems of Political Prisoners: Twelve Poets

Patrick Mac Manus

- A personal selection

Fadhil Al-Azzawi: In my spare time

José Rizal: Mi último adiós

Qiu Jin: A violent dancing spirit

Nazim Hikmet: Invitation

Habib Jalib: The Right to Resistance

Ho Chi Minh: Autumn night

Yonis Reuf: Ey Raqîb

Yannis Ritsos: Concentration Camp

Patrick Pearse: The Mother

Samih al-Qasim: Two Poems

Leonard Peltier: Listen to me!

Marilyn Buck: For Fear of Being Called

Fadhil Al-Azzawi: In my spare time

During my long, boring hours of spare time
I sit to play with the earth’s sphere.
I establish countries without police or parties
and I scrap others that no longer attract consumers.
I run roaring rivers through barren deserts
and I create continents and oceans
that I save for the future just in case.
I draw a new coloured map of the nations:
I roll Germany to the Pacific Ocean teeming with whales
and I let the poor refugees
sail pirates’ ships to her coasts
in the fog
dreaming of the promised garden in Bavaria.
I switch England with Afghanistan
so that its youth can smoke hashish for free
provided courtesy of Her Majesty’s government.
I smuggle Kuwait from its fenced and mined borders
to Comoro, the islands
of the moon in its eclipse,
keeping the oil fields intact, of course.
At the same time I transport Baghdad
in the midst of loud drumming
to the islands of Tahiti.
I let Saudi Arabia crouch in its eternal desert
to preserve the purity of her thoroughbred camels.
This is before I surrender America
back to the Indians
just to give history
the justice it has long lacked.

I know that changing the world is not easy
but it remains necessary nonetheless.

Fadhil al-Azzawi is one of those poets who have spent much time in prison and in exile, one of those who confronted the self-portrait of power. He is born in Kirkuk in 1940, a town and a people speaking and singing in Arabic and Turkish, in Kurdish and Assyrian. It fills his mind with the deep and simple reality of human life. A simple reality that often is so difficult.

The utopian geography of this poem speaks for itself. Perhaps especially for us in Europe, a continent of empires and inhumanity. Fadhil al-Azzawi gives ‘history the justice it has long lacked’, knowing, too, that changing the world is not easy.

José Rizal: Mi último adiós

Pray for all the hapless who have died,
For all those who unequalled torments have undergone;
For our poor mothers who in bitterness have cried;
For orphans, widows and captives to tortures were shied,
And pray too that you may see your own redemption.

And when the dark night wraps the cemetery
And only the dead to vigil there are left alone,
Don't disturb their repose, don't disturb the mystery:
If you hear the sounds of cittern or psaltery,
It is I, dear country, who a song to you intones.

And when my grave by all is no more remembered,
With neither cross nor stone to mark its place,
Let it be ploughed by man, with spade let it be scattered
And my ashes then to nothingness are restored,
Let them turn to dust to cover your earthly space.

Then it doesn't matter that you should forget me:
Your atmosphere, your skies, and your vales I'll sweep;
Vibrant and clear note to your ears I shall be:
Aroma, light, hues, murmur, song and moaning deep,
Constantly repeating the essence of the faith I keep.

My idolized country, for whom I most gravely pine,
Dear Philippines, to my last goodbye, now listen,
There I leave all: my parents, loves of mine,
I'll go where there are no slaves, tyrants or hangmen
Where faith does not kill and where God alone does reign.

Farewell, parents, brothers, beloved by me,
Friends of my childhood, in the home distressed;
Give thanks that now I rest from the wearisome day;
Farewell, sweet stranger, my friend, who brightened my way;
Farewell to all I love. To die is to rest.

These are just six verses from the long, last poem by José Rizal. ‘I'll go where there are no slaves, tyrants or hangmen…’ This poem he writes during the night while awaiting execution the following day. It had no title; a friend called it ‘Mi último adiós’, ‘my last farewell’. Others have given it the title ‘Adios, patria adorada’, ‘farewell, beloved land’.

José Rizal is born in 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna, and lives through colonial discrimination under Spanish rule. In hope of political and social reform he had written, while in Europe, ‘Noli me tangere’ (Touch me not), a satirical novel on the arrogance and despotism of colonial power, of its officials and its clergy. He had also published ‘El Filibusterismo’ (The Reign of Greed), a work mirroring the difficulty of continued belief in a non-violent strategy as the way to change.

José Rizal’s reaction to the injustice of colonial officials provokes the emnity of power itself. Spanish agents shadow him and he is imprisoned in Fort Santiago in July 1892. From there, they send him into exile in Dapitan.

When the Philippine Rebellion begins on August 26, 1896, José Rizal is linked to the revolt by witnesses whom he never is allowed to confront. From November 3, 1886 to the day of his execution, he is again imprisoned in Fort Santiago.

Convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming an illegal association, José Rizal is shot in the cold morning of December 30, 1896 at Bagumbayan Field.

The Spanish Empire gives way to a new empire which seldom accepts the term. Mark Twain, outraged by American military intervention in 1899-1902, writes his own ‘War Prayer’:

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle, be Thou near them! With them - in spirit - we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe.

O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells, help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead, help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain, help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire, help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief, help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it.

For our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet!”

Rejected as too radical, ‘The War Prayer’ is first published in Harper's Monthly, November 1916, after Mark Twain’s death. He had already written to a friend: ‘I don’t think the prayer will be published in my time. None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth’.

Ho Chi Minh: Autumn night

Before the gate, a guard
with a rifle on his shoulder.

In the sky, the moon flees
through clouds.

Swarming bed bugs,
like black army tanks in the night.

Squadrons of mosquitoes,
like waves of attacking places.

I think of my homeland.
I dream I can fly far away.

I dream I wonder trapped
in webs of sorrow.

A year has come to an end here.
What crime did I commit?

In tears I write
another prison poem.

Clear morning

The morning sun
shines over the prison wall,

And drives away the shadows
and miasma of hopelessness.

A life-giving breeze
blows across the earth.

A hundred imprisoned faces
smile once more.

Cold night

Autumn night.
No mattress. No covers.

No sleep. Body and legs
huddle up and cramp.

The moon shines
on the frost-covered banana leaves.

Beyond my bars
the Great Bear swings on the Pole.

Good days coming

Everything changes, the wheel
of the law turns without pause.

After the rain, good weather.

In the wink of an eye

The universe throws off
its muddy cloths.

For ten thousand miles
the landscape

Spreads out like
a beautiful brocade.

Gentle sunshine.
Light breezes. Smiling flowers,

Hang in the trees, amongst the
sparkling leaves,

All the birds sing at once.

Men and animals rise up reborn.

What could be more natural?

After sorrow comes happiness.

Ho Chi Minh is a poet and far more than a poet. He even writes that poems must wait until better times; there were so many other things to do. Not least the liberation of his land, Viet Nam. His life is a long life of intelligence and care, of pain and gratefulness, of conflict and regret.

He writes these poems while imprisoned and they are part of his ‘Prison Diary’. After release, Ho Chi Minh leads the independence movement, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945. The so-called French Union is defeated in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu.

He leads his people until his death in 1969. Six years later, the conflict - now with the United States of America (USA) as the external power - ends with the unification of the people. It is a war that has been costly for their lives and for their land. Not only a conflict with an external power but also, as so often in our history, a civil war. It takes years and years to heal the wounds of a people, of their fields, their forests and their minds.

Yonis Reuf: Ey Raqîb

Hey enemy, the Kurdish nation is alive with its language
Can not be defeated by the weapons of any time
Let no one say Kurds are dead
Kurds are living
Kurds are living, their flag will never fall

Ey raqîb her mawe qewmî Kurd ziman,
Nay sikên danery topî zeman
Kes nelê Kurd mirduwe
Kurd zîn duwe,
Zîn duwe qet nanewê alakeman

We, the youth are the red colour of the revolution
Watch our blood that we shed on this way
Let no one say Kurds are dead
Kurds are living
Kurds are living, their flag will never fall

We are the children of Medya and Keyhusrew
Both our faith and religion are our homeland
Both our faith and religion are Kurd and Kurdistan
Let no one say Kurds are dead
Kurds are living
Kurds are living, their flag will never fall

The Kurdish youth have risen like lions
To adorn the crown of life with blood
Let no one say Kurds are dead
Kurds are living
Kurds are living, their flag will never fall

The Kurdish youth are ever present and
Forever will be ready to sacrifice their lives
Sacrifice each life they have, each life they have

Lawî Kurdî hazir û amadeye,
Giyan fîdan e, giyan fîda her giyan fîda,
Giyan fîdan e, giyan fîda her giyan fîda

‘Ey Reqiîb’ is an anthem of Kurdistan written by Yonis Reuf, who is also called ‘Dildar’. Yonis Reuf is born in 1917 in the city of Koye. After finishing school in Kirkuk, he moves to Baghdad and here he studies law. ‘Ey Reqîb’ is written in 1938. At the time, he is in jail in the Kurdistan province of Iran.

‘Ey Reqib’ means literally ‘hey guard’, the title is more often translated as ‘hey enemy’. It is the song of the short-lived republic of Mahabad in Iran in 1946 and is still sung across all the borders of Kurdistan.

It has also become the song of the Partiya Karkarén Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in its struggle against the Turkish state. In Turkey and across all the borders of the Kurdish people, their rights have been denied. The language and culture of the people, their right to self-determination has suffered under continual state denial and prosecution.

This time must end. The Kurdish people must have the right to be themselves: to speak and to write and to work and sing their own song.

Qiu Jin: On Request for a Poem

Do not tell me women
are not the stuff of heroes,
I alone rode over the East Sea's
winds for ten thousand leagues.
My poetic thoughts ever expand,
like a sail between ocean and heaven.
I dreamed of your three islands,
all gems, all dazzling with moonlight.
I grieve to think of the bronze camels,
guardians of China, lost in thorns.
Ashamed, I have done nothing
not one victory to my name.
I simply make my war horse sweat.
Grieving over my native land
hurts my heart. So tell me:
how can I spend these days here?
A guest enjoying your spring winds?

Crimson Flooding into the River

Just a short stay at the Capital
But it is already the mid autumn festival
Chrysanthemums infect the landscape
Fall is making its mark
The infernal isolation has become unbearable here
All eight years of it make me long for my home
It is the bitter guile of them forcing us women into femininity
We cannot win!
Despite our ability, men hold the highest rank
But while our hearts are pure, those of men are rank
My insides are afire in anger at such an outrage
How could vile men claim to know who I am?
Heroism is borne out of this kind of torment
To think that so putrid a society can provide no camaraderie
Brings me to tears!


Riding a white dragon up to the sky,
Striding deep in the mountains on a fierce tiger.

I am born in a roaring storm with a violent dancing spirit
I shall be holy on the earth.

How could I ever be satisfied with settling down!
Without witnessing Commander Xiang win his great battles,
Or hearing Liu Xiu rumbling war drums
They were only twenty years old but could make their countries flourish.
Don’t blame them for bloodshed but admire them for bravery.

Shame and failure!
I am already twenty-seven
Yet have no glory to my name.
I only worry for my country and do not know how to expel these invaders.
I am glad my great ambitions will not rot and waste away,
Not when I hear the roar of war drums.

Deep inside I am outraged
I cannot get help from my own people

I feel so helpless, so weak.
It is for that reason alone that I am going
to Japan: to rally up aid, to look for assistance.

On July 15, 1907 at the age of 32, Qiu Jin is publicly executed in her home village, Shānyīn, beheaded after a failed uprising.

In the short life of a ‘violent dancing spirit’, she speaks out for women's rights, their right to education and choice of marriage, and against the forced binding of their feet. Her own feet had also been bound.

She herself stands in a Western male dress and demands an end to the Qing dynasty. As principal at a school for girls, she works to unite the secret revolutionary societies in the overthrow of government, for its return to the people.

For some time she has been in Japan, ‘your three islands’, where friends and allies live in exile. She returns in 1906 for the last months of her life.

Her poems are full of the legends of China: the great generals of myths and the wandering poet-warrior who protects the innocent and the poor. But now the ‘bronze camels’, symbolic guardians of the land, are ‘lost in thorns’.

Her poems are also driven by a recent past: the so-called Eight-Nation Alliance invades China in 1900 and crushes the ‘Boxer Uprising’ in a campaign of slaughter, rape, and pillage. The proper name of the rebels is not ‘Boxer’ but ‘I-he quan’, the ‘Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists’.

In another poem at the time she writes:

“Our skulls pile up in mounds;
our blood billows in cresting waves
and the ghosts of all the millions massacred
still weep…”

The Qing dynasty falls in 1912 with the declaration of a republic. Decades of conflict, of civil war and invasion follow. The life and death and the poems of Qiu Jin are still remembered and recited.

Nazim Hikmet: Invitation
Galloping from Far Asia and jutting out
into the Mediterranean like a mare's head
this country is ours.

Wrists in blood, teeth clenched, feet bare
and this soil spreading like a silk carpet,
this hell, this paradise is ours.

Shut the gates of plutocracy, don't let them open again,
annihilate man's servitude to man,
this invitation is ours..

To live like a tree single and at liberty
and brotherly like the trees of a forest,
this yearning is ours.

Some have called Nazim Hikmet a ‘romantic communist’. He loves his land, a Turkey of poverty and oppression, of arrest and exile. He loves it more that its rulers love it. For years, he is imprisoned in Bursa and Cankiri. Nazim Hikmet dies in exile in Moscow in 1963, still yearning for his land.

In the statistics of poets, imprisonment is more common than among other labourers. Language is a dangerous factory. In their own way, poets have been miners, mining the earth under the feet of power, mining the shafts and tunnels with the explosives of their poems.

For power it seems rational: if the poets are silenced then millions will be mute, millions will loose their tongue.

Habib Jalib: The Right to Resistance

That lamp that only shines in palaces
and cares only for the joys of a chosen few
which breeds the protection of their gains
such a system, like a dawn bereft of light
I refuse to accept, I refuse to know

I am not afraid of the ones on thrones
I too am Mansoor, the martyr, go tell the enemy
why do you try to scare me with prison walls?
This kind of oppression, like darkness of the heart
I refuse to accept, I refuse to know

Flowers are blooming on the branches, so you say
every drinker's cup overflows, so you say
wounds within chests have healed themselves, so you say
these bare-faced lies, this insult to the mind
I refuse to accept, I refuse to know

For centuries you have robbed us of peace
no longer will your false promises fool us
why do you pretend to be the healer of those in pain?
You are no healer, even if some accept, but...
I refuse to accept, I refuse to know

Habib Jalib, a renowned Pakistani revolutionary poet, is born in 1928, spends much of his life in prison and homeless on the streets. Expressing his beliefs openly, he pays heavily for it: a constant refusal to accept the policy of power leads to imprisonment year after year.

In 1988, when Benazir Bhutto came to power, Habib Jalib is released. Even then, he still says:

Haal ab tak wahi hain ghareeboan kay
The status of the poor is still the same

When Habib Jalib passes away in 1993, his family refuses a government offer to pay for funeral expenses. A voice of dissent still echoes in the world: ‘your power over us is coming to an end’.

Yannis Ritsos: Concentration Camp

The whistle, the cry, the swishing, the thud;
the reversed water, the smoke, the stone, the saw;
a fallen tree among the killed men;
when the guards undressed them, you could hear falling
one by one from their pockets the telephone tokens,
the small pair of scissors, the nail-clipper, the little mirror
and the long, hollow wig of the bald hero
strewn with straw, broken glass and thorns
and a cigarette-butt hidden behind the ear.

Our Greek poet Yannis Ritsos lives through a hard history. The Metaxas dictatorship of the thirties burns his book ‘Epitaphios’, foreign occupation and civil wars are part of it. Years later, there is the time of the military junta lasting from 1967 to 1974.

He had also lived in times where there was song and there was hope. Yannis Ritsos is close to the resistance movement against occupation, the National Liberation Front (Ethnikó Apeleftherotikó Métopo/). Less with a rifle than with his songs and poems. EAM and its struggle for social change is defeated by the new regime with the aid of British tanks.

In 1948 Yannis Ritsos is arrested, spending four years in detention camps at Lemnos and later at Makronisos and Agios Efstratios. He hides his poems in bottles, which he buries in the ground, writing: ‘no one will silence our song’.

Patrick Pearse: The Mother

I do not grudge them: Lord, I do not grudge
My two strong sons that I have seen go out
To break their strength and die, they and a few,
In bloody protest for a glorious thing,
They shall be spoken of among their people,
The generations shall remember them,
And call them blessed;
But I will speak their names to my own heart
In the long nights;
The little names that were familiar once
Round my dead hearth.
Lord, thou art hard on mothers:
We suffer in their coming and their going;
And tho' I grudge them not, I weary, weary
Of the long sorrow - And yet I have my joy:
My sons were faithful, and they fought.

Patrick Pearse, the son of an Irish mother and an English father is born at 27 Gt. Brunswick St. in 1879, (now Pearse St.) in Dublin and educated at the Christian Brothers' School. He graduates from the Royal University and becomes a barrister, and is an enthusiastic student of the Irish language. He becomes a writer in both English and Gaelic. Patrick Pearse envisions a free Gaelic Ireland and founds St. Enda's College.

After visiting the United States, he joins the Irish Volunteers and is commander-in-chief of the Irish rebel forces in the Easter Rebellion of 1916. He realises the rebellion is hopeless and orders the volunteers to surrender. He is arrested with other leaders and, together with his brother, shot. This is his last poem, written while awaiting execution.

Samih al-Qasim: Two Poems

End of a Talk with a Jailer

From the narrow window of my small cell,
...I see trees that are smiling at me
and rooftops crowded with my family.
And windows weeping and praying for me.
From the narrow window of my small cell -
I can see your big cell!


The day I'm killed
my killer will find
tickets in my pockets:
One to peace,
one to fields and the rain,
and one
to humanity's conscience.
I beg you - please don't waste them.
I beg you, you who kill me: Go.

Samih al-Qasim is one of the Palestinian "resistance poets" of the 1950s, and has been jailed several times for his writing. A prolific poet, playwright, novelist and essayist, he is described as "an outspoken opponent of racism and oppression on all sides of the Middle East conflict."

Leonard Peltier: Listen to me!

I am the Indian voice

Listen to me!
I am the Indian voice.
Hear me crying out of the wind,
Hear me crying out of the silence.
I am the Indian voice.
Listen to me!
I speak for our ancestors.
They cry out to you from the unstill grave.
I speak for the children yet unborn.
They cry out to you from the unspoken silence.
I am the Indian voice.
Listen to me !
I am a chorus of millions.
Hear us !
Our eagle’s cry will not be stilled !
We are your own conscience calling to you.
We are you yourself
crying unheard within you.
Let my unheard voice be heard.
Let me speak in my heart and the words be heard
whispering on the wind to millions,
to all who care,
to all with ears to hear
and hearts to beat as one
with mine.
Put your ear to the earth,
and hear my heart beating there.
Put your ear to the wind
and hear me speaking there.
We are the voice of the earth,
of the future,
of the Mystery.
Hear us!

My Life Is My Sun Dance

Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence screams.
Silence is a message,
Just as doing nothing is an act.
Let who you are ring out and resonate
in every word and every deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There’s no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.
What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.
You are the message.
May the Great Spirit Make Sunrise in Your Heart . . .
Hoka Hey!

We are Not Separate

We are not separate beings, you and I
We are different strands of the same being
You are me and I am you
and we are they and they are us
This is how we’re meant to be,
each of us one
each of us all
You reach out across the void of Otherness to me
and you touch your own soul!


Let us love not only our sameness
but our unsameness
In our difference is our strength
Let us be not for ourselves alone
but also for that Other
who is our deepest Self

An American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), Leonard Peltier is convicted and sentenced in 1977 to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment.
Two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are killed during a 1975 shootout on thePine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Amnesty International issues a statement: “Although he has not been adopted as a prisoner of conscience, there is concern about the fairness of the proceedings leading to his conviction and it is believed that political factors may have influenced the way the case was prosecuted.”
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Congress of American Indians, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Centre for Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Jesse Jackson, among many others, see Leonard Peltier as a political prisoner who should be immediately released.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed on his behalf but none have succeeded.
“I didn’t kill the agents,” Peltier says. “I didn’t order anyone to kill those agents. I am an innocent man. I am an innocent man.”

Peltier is now more than fifty years old. Home to him is his cell in the Federal Prison at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Marilyn Buck: For Fear of Being Called

In Peru a demonstration
against a rise in bread prices
is stopped
because of threats to denounce
those who demand bread
as terrorists.

How greatly we fear language
an electric cattle prod
to drive us into corners
where we cower
for fear of being called
terrorists or communists or criminals.

How did we allow those who don't give
a damn about how we
the 80% live or die
to rob us of our language
to intimidate us into cutting out
our tongues
and binding our limbs into lameness?

How can we be more afraid
to be called terrorists
than to die in the dark
with no one there to speak for us?

Marilyn Buck is an American communist revolutionary and poet who is imprisoned for – among other things - her participation in the 1979 prison break of Assata Shakur, a leading member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA)

In 1985, Marilyn Buck and six others are convicted in the Resistance Conspiracy case, a series of bombings in protest of United States foreign policy in the Middle East and Central America.

The indictment describes the goal of the conspiracy as being "to influence, change and protest policies and practices of the United States Government concerning various international and domestic matters through the use of violent and illegal means".

Marilyn Buck receives an 80-year sentence, which she serves in Federal women's prison in Dublin, California. She writes and publishes many articles and poems.

In 2001 she wins the PEN Prison Writing Program poetry prize and publishes a collection of poems called Rescue the Word.

Ill, she is released on July 15, 2010, less than a month before her death.


Fadhil Al-Azzahi, Miracle Maker (Selected Poems 1960-2002). Translated by Khaled Mattawa. BOA Editions, 2003.

José Rizal and the Asian Renaissance. Ed.: M. Rajaretnam, Institut Kajian Dasar and Solidaridad Publishing Home, 1996.

The Prison Diary of Ho Chi Minh. Translation: Aileen Palmer. Bantam Books, 1971.

Ho Chi Minh, Poems from the Prison Diary. Translation: Steve Bradbury. Tinfish Press, 2005.
Qiu Jin: A Chinese Poet and a Revolutionary. Women of China. 2006:

Nazim Hikmet, Selected Poetry. Translation: Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk. Persea Books, 1986.

Nazim Hikmet, Behind the Walls: Selected Poems. Translation: Ruth Christie, Richard McKane, introduced by Tâlat Sait Halman. Anvil Press Poetry, 2002.

Michael A. Mikita, A New Translation of Qiu Jin's Crimson Flooding into the River. Comparative Literature Student Association at San Francisco State University (2005):

Qiu Jin: A Chinese Poet and a Revolutionary. Women of China. 2006:

See: Nita Awatramani, Habib Jalib: The Right to Resistance. (2006) and Malangbaba: awaam ka sha' (2008).

Yannis Ritsos. Selected Poems. Translated by Nikos Stangos with an introduction by Peter Bien. Efstathiadis (Attikis), 1993.

Patrick Pearse, The Mother: See

Samih al-Qasim, Sadder Than Water. Translated from the Arabic by Nazih Kassis. Ibis Editions 2006.

Leonard Peltier: Prison Writings: My Life is my Sun Dance. New York, 1999.

Marilyn Buck: For Fear of Being Called. Published in ‘Syracuse Peace Letters’, March 1997.


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