Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Marilyn Jean Buck, an American Poet

Marilyn Jean Buck (born 1947 in Jasper, Texas) is an American, a self-described life-long anti-racist and anti-imperialist activist, and a convicted felon, convicted of conspiracy in a number of violent crimes. She has been convicted for her participation in the 1979 prison break of black activist Assata Shakur, as well as conspiracy to commit armed robbery as a participant in the Brinks robbery of 1981, in which members of the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army used a car owned by her and apartments rented in her name; and for her role in the 1983 U.S. Senate bombing, "conspiracy to protest and alter government policies through use of violence." Buck received an 80-year sentence for the Capitol bombing that she is serving at FCI Dublin in California. Her Federal Prison register number is 00482-285.

While in prison, Buck has contributed articles to Sojourners Magazine, Monthly Review (Buck et al. 2001, Buck 2004), and Social Justice, as well as other journals and anthologies (James 2003, James 2005), on the subjects of women in prison, solitary confinement, and related issues. She received a PEN American Center prize for poetry in 2001.

Poem by Marylin Buck: Revelation

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