The Exchange: Reality Check

The Weekly's poetry corner offers our thoughts in exchange for yours

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This segment of The Exchange features the work of incarcerated folks who wrote to us. This week’s prompt is brought to you by Dixon Performing Arts whose motto is “Transformational Therapeutic Rehabilitation Through the Arts” and provides a creative outlet for incarcerated men at Dixon Correctional facility. 

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Victor M. Serrano, Stateville Correctional Center

In his letter, Serrano wrote “I thank you for the work you are doing. Awareness brings us to knowledge and knowledge is power.”

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Delandis Adams, Dixon County Correctional

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“How has the violence in your community affected you personally and what would you do to fix it?” 

This could be a poem or a stream-of-consciousness piece. Submissions could be new or formerly written pieces. 

Submissions can be sent to or via email to

The last poem and prompt can be found here.

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