Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing-a PEN American Center Prize Anthology - Players and Games and Race, Chance, Change Summary & Analysis

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Players and Games and Race, Chance, Change Summary and Analysis

Both inmates and guards were referred to as players. The prison culture fostered complex games. There was much plotting, conniving, and manipulating in the prisons. Sometimes, morality and ethics played a role.

Vera Montgomery wrote the poem "solidarity with cataracts." The author was questioning the unity of her fellow inmates. She desired cohesion when one inmate was painfully screaming, she screamed. When another inmate wept, she wept. She robbed the snitch-box notes so that the inmates could be in the same boat.

"Clandestine Kisses" was a fantasy poem written by Marilyn Buck. The poem dealt with secret and rebellious love.

Race, Chance, Change

The editor stated that racism, racial tension, and fear were prevalent with convicts, guards, and administration. At times, there has been intermingling and forced celling together...

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