Nancy Miller Gomez entered Salinas Valley State Prison with a backpack of poems and a fear of being caught in a lockdown. What she discovered was compassion and human connection. The poems and essays in this collection, Gomez?s first, were inspired by her experience teaching writing workshops in jails and prisons. Punishment explores the stories of people serving time in t Nancy Miller Gomez entered Salinas Valley State Prison with a backpack of poems and a fear of being caught in a lockdow...

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Edition Language:English
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  • Emma Filtness
    Sep 12, 2018
    In this beautifully frank and poignant chapbook, Nancy Miller Gomez capture the harsh prison setting with such gorgeous language and a keen eye for detail, and reveals the vulnerability and humanity of these men in a maximum security prison. Poetry is often considered 'soft', but to em...
  • Bill DeGenaro
    Jul 17, 2018
    Fantastic chapbook combining poetry and short essays, mostly reflections on teaching poetry in prison but with the writer's occasional references to her past life as a reality tv producer. This juxtaposition allows writer and reader alike to consider how storytelling, truth, reality, a...
  • Laura (booksnob)
    Jun 17, 2018
    This is an amazing poetry collection. Punishment is was chosen as one of the winners in the Rattle Chapbook Prize contest and it is deserving. The poems are about the authors experience teaching poetry to inmates in prison. ...
  • Nancy
    Jul 06, 2018
    I felt the poet's fear and smelled the close rooms. "Stand Off" is perfect. I could read this all day. The essays give context but alas take me a bit too far away from the tenderness. (The teaching artist in me is so curious about her launch poems, and how she so clearly opened eve...
  • Kent Winward
    May 31, 2018
    The author runs a program for poetry in the jails and this chapbook came out of those efforts. I'm a sucker for jailhouse poetry, even though I've never spent more than a couple of hours in custody. Probably because of Raegan Butcher. Cheers Butch! ...
  • Serena
    May 27, 2018
  • David Anthony Sam
    May 24, 2018
    Whenever I begin to read a collection of poetry, I hope for that feeling of a wind in my chest, that the ?top if my head is taken off.? This small collection by Nancy Miller Gomez did that for me. At only 9 poems and 2 short autobiographical prose pieces, ?Punishment? has mo...
  • Alarie
    May 30, 2018
    Again Rattle has astounded me with its chapbook series selection. I know people who teach poetry writing in prisons, and I find the annual inmate reading the most moving poetry event of the year. It?s easy to think ?how poetry saved my life? is hyperbole until you hear the authen...
  • Jimmy
    May 27, 2018
    One of Rattle's 2018 chapbook contest winners about a woman teaching poetry in prison. As always, Rattle gives its subscribers so much for the cost of a subscription. ...
  • Drew
    May 28, 2018
    A lot of people talk the talk but Nancy Miller Gomez is clearly walking the walk too -- admitting the heinousness of a career in reality TV and the redemption to be found in teaching poetry to prisoners. This slim chapbook is only 28 pages, five of them blank. But there's no scarcity o...
  • Ayla Jayne
    Nov 06, 2018
  • Abby N Lewis
    May 26, 2018
    "These men had discovered that the pain and hurt and anger they'd carried throughout their lives could be placed onto the page and shared with others. And that sharing of stories cut through our differences and loneliness, connecting us in a way that mattered." This chapbook is an o...
  • Ginny
    Nov 26, 2018
  • Katy Haas
    Jun 06, 2018
  • Ellen
    Jun 30, 2018
    Hmm..this is definitely a great collection...beautifully crafted words...but somehow it didn't speak to me like many other Rattle collections. I felt little while I read each piece, and not sure why. Maybe it seemed detached...Nancy is an observer only. She is not incarcerated, so her ...
  • kenneth
    May 27, 2018
  • B.
    Oct 02, 2018
  • Ambrose Miles
    May 27, 2018
  • Rebecca
    Jun 12, 2018
  • David Arroyo
    Jul 26, 2018
  • Lisa
    Aug 23, 2018
    A (too-short) chapbook of poems about Gomez's experiences teaching poetry to incarcerated men. Moving. Powerful. Informative. Highly recommend. ...
  • Janel Brubaker
    Jun 04, 2018
    Absolutely phenomenal! Jarring and honest and beautiful! ...
  • Tamara Miller
    Jun 01, 2018
  • Janet
    Jun 12, 2018
    This chapbook rocked my world. Not only is its imagery fantastic, the depth of humanity captured in these lines will keep me reading again and again. The book is about writing and teaching inside a prison, and it seeks to connect one group of humans to another with nothing more than sh...
  • Jen Kindbom
    Jun 01, 2018
  • Lindsay Spencer
    May 31, 2018
  • Mitch Rodricks
    Jun 02, 2018
    This collection came with my issue of Rattle and I loved it. It is a pretty quick read, but worth rereading a few times. The language and images are clear and accessible but never simplistic. It's a very cohesive collection that paints a beautiful (and sometimes heartbreaking) portr...
  • Michael
    Jun 12, 2018
  • Jodi
    Jul 01, 2018
  • Whit
    Oct 26, 2018