Jason Centrone was awarded an Honorable Mention in Poetry in the 2022 Prison Writing Contest.

Every year, hundreds of imprisoned people from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic works to PEN America’s Prison Writing Contest, one of the few outlets of free expression for the country’s incarcerated population.


I am reminded

(or couldn’t we both

be) how one person

(rest one person’s soul) has backed


out of the kingdom—

Trojan Horse, but

in reverse and bellied with

a tired,

a most laconic soldiery—

To finish reading this, as well as the works of all other contributors, purchase Variations on an Undisclosed Location: 2022 Prison Writing Awards Anthology here.