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- A CALL TO BUILD
THE PINK POETRY NATION!
For Breast Cancer Awareness
Jerome DeVonni Wilson © 2018
As a wrongfully convicted prisoner in the wrongful conviction capital of the
world — Texas, my struggle is encumbered by the fact that I not only have to fight for
freedom, but also have to fight for my right to fight for freedom.
So, I mentally employed the new concept: To Better One’s Self as to Better One’s
Struggle. Thus, I decided to help others in order to apply this concept. Since my
grandmother was a breast cancer survivor, I would advocate for that movement.
We put together a book titled, Pink Poetry: A Literary Crusade for Breast Cancer
Awareness. Being published from the belly of the beast is a tedious task; to do it
independently is quite a feat. . . yet it was done.
However, this parallel universe is designed to keep us 100% dependent upon our
captors. The application of knowledge and skill is forbidden unless it’s solely for the
purpose of contributing to the furtherance of slavery by another name: Mass
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Therefore, with respect for having books published that I’ve penned, I’ve received
three disciplinary cases, been targeted, oppressed and censored for having the audacity to
debunk the stigmatism attached to being an incarcerated Black man by doing something
positive for myself and others.
They have attempted to convert me to a meek, docile, subjugated slave with no
voice. But this shouldn’t shock the conscious. These are the same ones who will force a
man to labor under involuntary servitude yet not contribute any of the proceeds to his
child support debt or an education fund for said prisoner’s child.
Kaepernick and others are being slighted for their silent protests . . . here in this
parallel universe, one’s silent protest is a quiet hymn that will forever be sung from the
grave. . .
If I had to be brutally honest with myself, I’d probably acknowledge that I’m
growing weary. Tiresome. Exhausted. But those are unwelcome weaknesses that only
distract my existence. If I wasn’t an invisible man with a hoarse throat — who only
speaks in whispers because no one is listening — I could expound on how I am the matter
that I’m composed of. Prison Lives Matter.
But apparently I’m neither real with myself nor tangible to others, so my pleas are
but ghost-writings, incessant weeping to deaf ears. Due to my captivity my irrelevance is
in vogue. I know this because everyone is into it. No, seriously! My disregard is the latest
craze with lawyers, publications, advocates for social justice, and sadly enough —
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A few years ago while being treated for depression, I actually had a mental health
nut look me in the eyes and tell me that I needed to forego my goal of publishing Pink
Poetry because I was in prison and didn’t have the proper family support. He told me,
with a straight face, that I was being unrealistic. . . that there was no possibility that I
could accomplish. . . well, anything, according to the psyched-out provider.
Yes, my wrongful capital life sentence and not having a support team were
circumstances that I could not change. I’d be better off. . . and my depression would
subside only once I gave up and accepted defeat; the fact that I was no factor.
Fool he was!
Are we not the same? Temples of flesh and bone endowed with hope and
compassion yet adorned with immaculate flaws? Someplace, our bridge to nowhere has to
meet at a cross-section of the community and people out there have to grasp that when
people in here try to uplift ourselves, their helping us by validating our value, also helps
If we lose sight of all that is not THIS, all we see is the misery of those becoming
criminally insane. What’s to stop us from becoming it? Without righteous intervention,
when the doors open for the prisoner, that miserable insanity seeps out into society like
raw sewage from an eroded pipeline. Waste.
Rather than resent-filled recidivists returning to our women, children and
seniors . . . what if when we reached out we were acknowledged? Seen? Heard? Our pain
and desire to rise from the ashes palpable enough to resonate with the common folk?
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And while I’m feeding on dream-filled “what ifs,” what if the cretins of the prison
slave complex removed the shackled from our feet, the bells from around our necks, and
most importantly, lifted the prohibition from our will to aspire and achieve?
As James Allen stated, “a man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his
heart, and set out to accomplish it,” because if not, “aimlessness is a vice, and such
drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction.”
Is this what they want for us? For me?
I don’t want to be the filthy topic of a discussion held in some criminal justice
course classroom where they weigh my words and then discard me when the bell rings.
No. Be a bridge and link to me at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGBFWST and
together we can set off a chain of events that will evolve the world view of the
incarcerated for the better.
This isn’t an awkward alliance because just as Black and Brown men are effected
disproportionately by incarceration, women of color are effected disproportionately by
breast cancer mortality rates. In that respect we are all fighting for vitality on the
battlefield of life.
In a perfect world, from right here on this plantation, the fruits of our collective
labor would enable PPN to reach our goal of contributing $10,000 to breast cancer
research and outreach.
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May they not defeat the hopes and aspirations of Pink Poetry Nation or oppress
the civil or human rights of the hopeful and aspirational. Experience the book and share
Pink Poetry Nation
Pink Poetry Nation is the Pink Party Nation that strives to build a diverse
community and support network whose hearts coalesce to beat one pulse and serve as a
constant motivating force to H.E.A.L. through Hope, Education, Art and Love. PPN will
share pain as well as empower, inspire and uplift those touched directly or indirectly by
Help with our vision for www.pinkpoetrynation.org to:
Launch a robust #pinkpoetrynation campaign. (This can be initiated by linking
to this article or one of the links above.)
Post your reviews about the book.
Share links/info about new medical developments.
Post pics of supporters/survivors/patients.
Form community support group(s) (social media).
Have spiritual advisors/prayer partners.
Create a short film for PPN’s short story “Deja Vu” about a minority couple
that deals with the disease.
Run a Crowdfunding campaign to gift 1,000 to 5,000 paperback books to
patients and survivors.
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Compile poems, essays and short stories for Pink Poetry Nation II which is
part two of Pink Poetry.
Designate Administrator(s) for the site.
License the PPN logo (see at website) for t-shirts and other merchandise.