Poetry is an allegory that tells no tales. It has no race or gender, no ego or attitude. Poetry is neither big, tall, short or small. Most of all poetry allows various incarcerated men and women to express their pain, their visions and their remorse with a meek and humble approach. Humans of San Quentin would like to share their poems with our readers. Give us your feedback and please, tell a friend. We hope you allow us to open our hearts and share our poetry with you.

Please enjoy the poems below,
Alex – Poetry Director

“Body” and “Loss” by Pamela

“Body” and “Loss” by Pamela

Body You locked up my body, but you'll never own me. You gave me a number so you could count me every day, while you do everything to remind me that I no longer count. While you were caging me in...

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“The Sonnet” by Jerry

“The Sonnet” by Jerry

Moma you loved me from the start.  I never noticed negligence in your heart.  What you taught me, I only understand.  You survived raising a boy to a man.  Reminiscing about the...

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“Untitled” by Jamsson

“Untitled” by Jamsson

Years, Decades, Centuries… So much time...wasted Sleeping in this century While some rot, Others… Are holding on to a thin line of hope… That one day… They can see the light The light at the end of...

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“Poem from 5/7/21” by Gwendolyn

“Poem from 5/7/21” by Gwendolyn

I am locked in a box inside a cage with no rage, just sadness As I peer through tiny holes as we travel on the highway and trees pass my way as the breeze blows leaves sideways and see a glance of...

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“Power Struggle” by Gilberto

“Power Struggle” by Gilberto

Money, drugs, and power made me show restraint It blinded me and kept me from taking that leap of faith For years I felt my heart was in the wrong place Like I built a new identity and the old one...

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“A Chance To Go Home” by Dorothy

“A Chance To Go Home” by Dorothy

You may never understand my contradicting little life I am the enigma of a law abiding convict in prison All that I do, is because I want a chance to go home You may never understand why I can’t...

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Poetic Justice by James

Many dreams I wasted away All my problems in life could’ve walked away Crimes are so easy to commit Why was I so foolish to submit I give my life one true I admit To want forgiveness I will never...

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