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Unlocked Anthology - Mid North Coast Correctional Centre 2014

In Oct 2014, Johanna Featherstone and Nick Bryant-Smith ran the centre’s first ever Unlocked project. In editing these anthologies, we resist the temptation to edit the poems into a completely inspiring, well-behaved collection. The focus is self expression, reflection, and to share this experience with the group and the broader community. So while some poems attest to a desire to ‘turn the page’, tired of ending up in courts and prisons, or missing loved ones back home, others comprise frank narrative accounts of the things that got them where they are – drug use, robbery – portrayed poetically, without additional judgement. To demand that these poems be otherwise would be dishonest, and neglect the transformative power of poetic expression itself, regardless of the content of that expression.