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Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash

Burning sun rises,
walls can not incarcerate.
In my heart suns rise.

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J. Houston

J. Houston is a writer incarcerated in Florida. He is serving a 25-year sentence for a sexual offense against a minor. His high school literature teacher published his first poem in a journal for Seminole County. Nearly thirty years later, Ms. Susanna, an instructor for Exchange for Change's creative writing course, encouraged him to pickup writing again. Now in his 50s, he finds the possibility of realizing his dream to be a writer uplifting. He has asked that his first name be withheld to respect his victim and to reduce the possibility of reprisal.