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Lucy & Phyllis is a Certified B Corporation that meets the highest standards of social and eveironmental impact.

Winner of the NAACP Image Award and finalist for the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

“A powerful work of lyric art.” —New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

In fierce, agile poems, Felon tells the story of the effects of incarceration—canvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace—and, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of post-incarceration existence in traditional and newfound forms, from revolutionary found poems created by redacting court documents to the astonishing crown of sonnets that serves as the volume’s radiant conclusion.

ISBN-13: 9780393542035

Publisher: Norton W. W. & Company Inc.

Publication Date: 03-30-2021

Pages: 112

Product Dimensions: 8.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and essayist. He is the author of three volumes of poetry and one memoir. A graduate of Yale Law School, he lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his family.

Table of Contents

Ghazal 1

Blood History 3

The Lord Might Have Given Him Wings 4

Behind Yellow Tape 7

Losing Her 9

Whisky for Breakfast 10

For a Bail Denied 11

Triptych 13

When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving 15

In Alabama 18

A Man Drops a Coat on the Sidewalk & Almost Falls into the Arms of Another 26

City of the Moon 29

Diesel Therapy 30

If Absence Was the Source of Silence 31

Essay on Reentry 34

In Houston 36

Night 46

Essay on Reentry 48

Essay on Reentry 49

On Voting for Barack Obama in a Nat Turner T-Shirt 51

Exile 53

Parking Lot 55

Parking Lot, Too 56

Going Back 57

In California 59

Temptation of the Rope 63

Ballad of the Groundhog 65

November 5, 1980 68

& Even When There Is Something to Complain About 69

Mural for the Heart 70

Essay on Reentry 72

Confession 74

In Missouri 76

House of Unending 81

Acknowledgments 87

Notes 91