Soon to be released…

Blackbirds in the Pomegranate Tree: Stories from Ixcotel State Prison

from the back cover:

The women incarcerated in Ixcotel State Prison in Oaxaca, Mexico, said that the blackbirds chattered in the lone pomegranate tree in our courtyard whenever a woman was about to be released.

These are the stories of the women I met while falsely incarcerated there. Many of the women were as innocent as I, others not so. The moments presented here, dark as some are, illuminate my biggest surprise and my only consolation in prison: solidarity. It’s like Berta said…

“Funny how we all come back to sit under this pomegranate tree together every day, every identical day after day, with those identical birds up there dropping on our identical stupid heads. Funny, isn’t it?”

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2 comments on “Soon to be released…”

  1. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Thanks, Avra… It took long enough to get OUT there! One way to build anticipation I guess… 😉


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