Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing-a PEN American Center Prize Anthology Themes

Bell Gale Chevigny
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Death

Death was a theme in the book. David Wood wrote about inmates dying from diseases such as AIDS in "Feathers on the Solar Wind." All of the AIDS inmates were living their last days in the AIDS dormitory in the Hardee Correctional Facility in Bowling Green, Florida. Most of them were frail and then. They wore blankets around their shoulders to keep them warm, except if they had fevers. The night the story took place, three inmates died. Two of them died from their disease, but one committed suicide.

In "Death of a Duke" by Dax Xenos, a prisoner killed another prisoner over business competition. Bumblebee was jealous of Earl's success, so he plotted to kill Earl's favorite sexual partner, cellmate, and friend Johnny Boy. After Bumblebee got Johnny Boy stoned, he assaulted, raped, and threw him over the railing to his death. A screaming Earl sought revenge...

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