Vol. 12: 2016

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The work encapsulated in this 2016 publication is centered upon the theme of walls and
boundaries. The compiled writing and artwork reflect authors’ experiences and interpretations of
this subject. This magazine itself penetrates the very walls of Auburn Correctional Facility,
allowing writers and artists who live on either side to share their stories in one, cohesive volume.

Table of Contents

  • Artwork by Justin Kelly (front cover)
  • Life’s Song by E. Paris Whitfield (p. 4)
  • Incomplete Me by Johanna Scarlet Diamond (p. 5)
  • Morphine Dreaming by Lucien Chin (p. 6)
  • Rubix Cube by Sheldon Johnson (p. 8)
  • They Say… by Reggie Bell (p. 10)
  • The Border by Yena Kang (p. 11)
  • The Alley by Lucas Whaley (p. 13)
  • It by Benjamin Moriera (p. 14)
  • Artwork by Angel Perez (p. 15)
  • Within These Walls—A Prequel by Kasiem Callender (p. 16)
  • Yesterday by William Izzo (p. 17)
  • Her by Lucas Whaley (p. 18)
  • Restless Days and Sleepless Nights by Louis Kelly (p. 21)
  • It’s All a Matter of Time by Benjamin Moriera (p. 23)
  • Samuel Langhorne Clemens + The Mark Twain Study by David Edwards (p. 24)
  • Artwork by Angel Perez (p. 26)
  • The Path We Walk by Cody Testerman (p. 27)
  • Within These Walls Haiku 1 by Kasiem Callender (p. 28)
  • Chemical Romance or Poetic Justice by Just (p. 29)
  • Just Another Dream by Demetrius Molina (p. 30)
  • Within These Walls by Kasiem Callender (p. 31)
  • Eyewitness by E. Paris Whitfield (p. 32)
  • Undulant by Lucas Whaley (p. 33)
  • Enforcing Fate’s Boundaries by Jacob Russell (p. 34)
  • Artwork by Angel Perez (p. 36)
  • Unbreakable by Robert Cartagena (p. 37)
  • Disappointment by Sheldon Johnson (p. 38)
  • A Tear Gone AWOL by Raymond VanClief (p. 40)
  • Wanting More by Louis Kelly (p. 41)
  • Untitled… by Khalib Gould (p. 42)
  • The Metal Detector by Emily Kling (p. 43)
  • Artwork by Maurice Cotton (p. 44)
  • Within These Walls Haiku 2 by Kasiem Callender (p. 45)
  • Walls—Physical and Psychological by David Edwards (p. 46)
  • From Man to Superman—Then Back Again by Raymond VanClief (p. 53)
  • The Reality of the Garden by Lucas Whaley (p. 54)
  • Acts of Kindness by Leroy Lebron Taylor (p. 55)
  • Untitled by Christopher Wallace (p. 58)
  • Claribel by Jacob Leahy (p. 59)
  • Desert Rain by Hannah Mueller (p. 60)
  • Mein Haus by E. Paris Whitfield (p. 63)
  • Walls by Jake Meiseles (p. 64)
  • Musing with Mythology by David Alleyne McKean Brander (p. 65)
  • Within These Walls 1.5 by Robert Cartagena and Kasiem Callender (p. 66)
  • Untitled by Quentin Lewis (p. 67)
  • Walls of Conspiracies by Tyreek Williams (p. 70)
  • Warning by Reggie Bell p. 71
  • New Borders by Maurice Cotton (p. 72)
  • Forbidden Love by William Izzo (p. 73)
  • Artwork by Angel Perez (p. 74)
  • Transgentrification by Johanna Scarlet Diamond (p. 75)
  • Looking Glass by E. Paris Whitfield (p. 76)
  • Within These Walls Haiku 3 by Kasiem Callender (p. 77)
  • Rentals by Emily Jones (p. 78)
  • Bedroom Walls by Sophie Allen (p. 80)
  • ¡! by Anonymous (p. 81)

Vol. 11: Spring 2015

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Table of Contents

  • A Likely Story by Just (p. 1)
  • Expectation by Nelson Angarita (p. 2)
  • ¿? by Anonymous (p. 3)
  • Quiet Storm by Maurice Cotton (p. 4)
  • Dreams of Mist by Phil Miller (p. 6)
  • Pale Light by Vinny Poliandro (p. 7)
  • Perplexed by Persona Non Grata by Julio Iglesias (p. 8)
  • Rules of Engagement by Ray VanClief (p. 9)
  • Inescapable Ends by Lucas W. Whaley (p. 10)
  • The Video Game Sutra by Sean O’Malley (p. 11)
  • Internal Affairs by Khalib Gould (p. 12)
  • Cache Crops by Reggie Bell (p. 13)
  • Untitled by Troy Bullock (p. 14)
  • Awakening by Joseph DeLeyer (p. 15)
  • If Only Wishes Had Wings by Just (p. 16)
  • The Purpose-Driven Death by Vinny Poliandro (p. 17)
  • Eternal Longing of a Restless Mind by Petros Bedi (p. 18)
  • Sleep Selfie by Michael Shane Hale (p. 22)
  • Reality by Nelson Angarita (p. 23)
  • Souvenirs by Jacob Russell (p. 25)
  • Things That Make Me Sad by Vinny Poliandro (p. 29)
  • Fire by Abram Saroufim (p. 30)
  • Bright Heart Elegy by Kari Miya (p. 31)
  • Frisbees Aren’t Meant for Arbor Days, Or Rainy Mays by George Famutimi (p. 32)
  • Prison – Man by Alex Chertok (p. 33)
  • The Sitting Tree by Heather Bianchi (p. 34)
  • The Physiology of the Rubber Ball by Lucas W. Whaley (p. 35)
  • Summer in 5B by Jennifer Lara (p. 36)
  • Untitled by Russell P. Cessna Jr. (p. 37)
  • Untitled by Maurice Cotton (p. 38)
  • Lives’ True Falsity by E. Paris Whitfield (p. 39)
  • Involved by Quentin Lewis (p. 40)
  • Dragonfly by Kari Miya (p. 44)
  • Me… by Russell P. Cessna Jr. (p. 45)
  • Solus Descension by Heather Bianchi (p. 47)
  • My Old Train Station by Heather Bianchi (p. 48)
  • Love Letter to a Dead Girl by Kari Miya (p. 49)

Vol. 10: Fall 2014

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Note from the Editors: Submissions were organized under the three categories of the theme, First Times, First Tries, and First Triumphs. These categorizations were made by the editors based on the contents of each submission, and they do not necessarily reflect the decisions the authors themselves may have made.

First Times

  • First Day by Min Kyu Kim (p. 7)
  • The First Time is the Worst Time by Jacob Russell (p. 8)
  • First Fall by Lucas Whaley (p. 10)
  • A Treatise on Love by Sophie Allen (p. 11)
  • First Love by Heather Bianchi (p. 12)
  • Sweaty Palms & Colliding Lips by Christopher-James Llego (p. 13)
  • Afterglow by Jennifer Lara (p. 14)
  • “My First Dear John Letter…” by Darren Bossett (p. 15)
  • On Loving No One (In Particular) by Andres Vaamonde (p. 16)
  • Meditate by Joseph DeLeyer (p. 18)
  • Stages of Felicity by Abdush Shaheed (p. 20)
  • October Mask by Richard S. Hendricks Sr. (p. 22)
  • Obsessed with Her Notes by Maurice McDowell (p. 23)
  • The Zen of Incarceration by Sean O’Malley (p. 24)

First Tries

  • LIFE by Michael Shane Hale (p. 28)
  • Weightless: The red balloon by Christopher-James Llego (p. 29)
  • Just Listen to Them and Also Breathe by Madeline Jones (p. 30)
  • Even a Nightmare Can Dream by Nathan Powell (p. 35)
  • First Time by Min Kyu Kim (p. 36)
  • “Animal Cage” by Just (p. 37)
  • Miseducation of the Miseducated by Javarr Salley (p. 38)

First Triumphs

  • The Seed, Wind, and Soil by Troy Bullock (p. 40)
  • Arrested Development by E. Paris Whitfield (p. 45)
  • First Reversal by Phil Miller (p. 46)
  • A Slope of Success by Reggie Bell (p. 49)

Graduation

  • CPEP by Quentin Lewis (p. 51)
  • “Milestones…” by Khalib Gould (p. 52)
  • “Making It” by Maurice Cotton (p. 54)
  • My Friend, Bill Palmer by Nathan Powell (p. 56)
  • Words are Powerful by Leroy Taylor (p. 58)
  • Character Study by Lucas W. Whaley (p. 60)

Vol. 9: Spring 2014

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Table of Contents

  • The Persecuted Posy by Reggie Bell (p. 3)
  • Conscious by Steve Green (p. 4)
  • Who Am I… by Khalib Gould (p. 5)
  • Snowflakes Become Avalanches by Leroy Taylor (p. 7)
  • Distinctive by Quentin Lewis (p. 8)
  • Jacob’s Gambit by Michael Shane Hale (p. 9)
  • The Machine by Lucas Whaley (p. 10)
  • A Single Golden Thread by Paris E. Whitfield (p. 12)
  • For C. and his Brother by Shane Deitch (p. 13)
  • Art by Diego DeLeon (p. 14)

Vol. 8: Fall 2013

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Table of Contents

Rhinoceros – Quentin Lewis (p.4)
Adjust Your Rear-View – LeRoy Taylor (p. 5)
Wake – Lucas W. Whaley (p. 6)
Karmatic Law that Binds – E. Paris Whitfield (p. 7)
What Is Not Reflected – Erin Barlow (p. 8)
Haiku Poems – various authors (p. 9)
Stranger than Death – Lucien Chin (p. 11)
Just Me and My Thoughts – Demetrius Molina (p. 13)
The Fates Loom – Cyril Winebrenner (p. 14)
Of the Sun and Waves – Kimberly Wiggins (p. 15)
Believe – Christopher Shepard (p. 17)
Between There. And Here. – Michael Hale (p. 18)
Untitled – Quentin Lewis (p. 19)
An Elder’s Shame – Cyril Winebrenner (p. 20)
Mothers Tears – Cyril Winebrenner (p. 20)

Vol. 7: Spring 2013

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Table of Contents

Interrogating the Glass – Lucas Whaley (p. 6)
If Ever – Christopher Shapard (p. 7)
Mirrors Don’t Lie, But Men Do – Abdush Shaheed (p. 8)
Modern Day Adam – James Moran (p. 10)
To My Future You – Jason Farrell (p. 11)
Loving Father – Leroy Taylor (p. 12)
A Young Jewel – David Bendezu (p. 13)
From the Heart – James M. Squires (p. 14)
Forbidden Love – Jonathan A. VanAntwerp (p. 15)
Final Hour – E. Paris Whitfield (p. 16)
10, 9, 8, — – Michael Shane Hale (p. 18)
Questioning Myself – Jacob Russell (p. 20)
Selfish – Shawn Green (p. 21)

Vol. 6: Fall 2012

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Letter from the staff: (Excerpt)
In this issue of Writer’s Bloc we are thrilled to welcome the submissions of Cornellians from the many different parts of our academic community. We asked students from the Ithaca and Qatar campuses, as well as students in the Cornell Prison Education Program at Auburn and Cayuga correctional facilities, to collectively brainstorm a quote from psychologist Viktor E. Frankl about throwing off external constructs and defining one’s own circumstances:

“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

Table of Contents

You Can Try It All – Jenna Galbut (p. 6)
Mostly Children – Jacob Kose (p. 7)
Still Here – E. Paris Whitfield (p. 9)
Six Years from Now – Ayesha Khalid (p. 9)
My Choice – Erin Barlow (p. 10)
The Space Within – Burnell Ashton McLeod (p. 11)
The Inner Tube of Attitude – Shawn Chappelle (p. 12)
The Importance of Free Will – Jake Braly (p. 13)
What Did I Do? – Shane Tate (p. 14)
Wrapped Up – Hanna Deixler (p. 15)
A Successful Man – Landon Chavis (p. 16)
To Call This, Life – Garrett Evenson (p. 17)
Prisons – Katerina Athanasiou (p. 18)
For Want of a Lighter – Lucas Whaley (p. 20)

Vol. 5: Spring 2012

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Letter from the staff: (Excerpt)
Each new edition of this literary journal brings to light a new aspect of the incarcerated experience. As many of the pieces in this journal express, the incarcerated experience—much like the student experience—consists of much personal growth on spiritual, mental, and physical levels… …As in the outside world, those in prison suffer from loss, revel in success, and fall deeply in and out of love. In this issue, we at Writer’s Bloc ask, how is it possible to move through the many motions and phases of life when one is forced to remain stationary?

Table of Contents

“My Shoes!” – Mr. Anonymous (p. 6)
Drag Racer – Lucas W. Whaley (p. 7)
The Traveler – Eric Paris Whitfield (p. 8)
Walking on Water – Burrell Ashton McLeod (p. 9)
Knowledge – Gregory J Robinson (p. 10)
Relief – William Barnes (p. 11)
Sublimation – Joshua Keppen (p. 12)
The Plan – Andre Cates (p. 14)
March 12, 2012 – Michael Shane Hale (p. 16)

Vol. 4: Fall 2011

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Editorial Staff: Adina Rubin-Budick, Emily Foreman, Willie Marshall, Jack Newton, Caitlin Parker, Eleni Konstantopoulos, Mimi McKenna, Rachel Harmon, Zoe Piccolo.

Table of Contents

The Bridges of Cayuga County – Michael Rhynes (p. 6)
The Valkyrie – Lucas Whaley (p. 7)
The Fate Loom – Cyril Winebrenner (p. 8)
A Flower Forgotten – Latasio A. Cendales (p. 9)
As I Walk Through Life – Michael Johnson (p. 10)
Forgive Me – Jermaine West (p. 12)
Redundant Seasons – William Barnes (p. 13)
Like A Bridge… – Paris E. Whitfield (p. 14)
Hot Water – Michael Shane Hale (p. 16)
Exiled to Within – Joshua J. Keppen (p. 18)
Dear Ghetto – David Bendezu (p. 19)
Man in the Mirror – Marlon David Black (p. 20)
What Am I? – James M. Squires (p. 22)
Sentenced to Life at 15 – Michael Leggett (p. 23)
Freedom? – Christopher Roupp (p. 24)
Bondage – Kavlin Harmon (p. 25)
Claustrophobic – Richard Jones (p. 26)
Mirror – Gregory J. Robinson (p. 27)

Vol. 3: Spring 2011

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Artists: Residents at Lansing Residential Center and MacCormick
Editors: Esther Kwan and Adina Rubin-Budick
Layout: Michael Hong and Esther Kwan

Table of Contents

Untitled – Latasio A. Cendales (p. 6)
A Reliquary for Ardor – Joshua J. Keppen (p. 7)
Auburn Haiku – Shane Kalb et al. (p. 8)
Untitled – Anonymous (p. 9)
The Slaughter of Innocents – Rob Cumberland (p. 10)
Bedtime Story – Malik Sheppard (p. 11)
Am I complaining too much? – David Bendezu (p. 12)
People just don’t know… – Michael Shane Hale (p. 13)
Is Innocence Irrelevant? – Danny Rincon (p. 14)
V-8 Eulogy – Lucas Whaley (p. 15)
Confessions – Jermaine West (p. 16)
Lovepisode – E. Paris Whitfield (p. 18)
The Path – Akintunde Mills (p. 19)
The Day Jan Wozelwick Saved the Planet Earth by Letting Her Hair Grow – Michael S. Boyd (p. 20)