Gary K. Farlow

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A Picture of Me…Without You – Gary Farlow

America – Gary Farlow

An Inmate’s Lament – Gary Farlow

Life in prison is terrible The noise level can be unbearable Our sentences seem unendable The rules are all unbendable This experience is incredible The chow hall food is inedible C.O’s think we’re detestable But what we eat is indigestible Programmers feel we’re incorrigible And look at us like we’re horrible The public says we’re …

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Carpe Diem – Gary Farlow

Chow Call – Gary Farlow

Scurry, scurry, The roaches hurry to get into position it’s chow time again! What’s this we see diced carrots with peas we crawl across the floor seeking such delicacies and more. Doing the backstroke in gravy I’m a sailor in the ranch navy scooped up in a ladle and placed on your tray. Wiggle, wiggle, …

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Dare…To Be – Gary Farlow

Darkside – Gary Farlow

Within each of us there is a darkside. A bottomless pit which harnesses all of our anger, rage, and hate. Locked away in a steel safe beneath a veneer of civility and smiles. Laying under kindness, generosity, and even love. Yet, as in us all, sometimes the safe is broken. All that has been locked …

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Fragment of a Dream (A prison passage) – Gary Farlow

I Am – Gary Farlow

I Am From – Gary Farlow

Into the Abyss – 3 – Gary Farlow

Staring into the abyss, longing for the sun.           Living a lie, yet afraid to shed tears,          Unable to display any weakness.          Sunrise, sunset, the days blur.           Searching for answers with none to be found.       …

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It Might Have Been – Gary Farlow

“I was almost, so were you there are many almost, more than a few. I almost finished a career, but–well–you know. I was almost President, well — almost Mayor. I was going to Sierra Leone, almost got there. Almost made a million on my job, almost didn’t need to steal or rob. I was almost …

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Make A Stand – Gary Farlow

Ode to a Pandemic – Gary Farlow

Ode To Life In A Small Southern Town – Gary K. Farlow

“Sometimes I want to run away. I fear I’ll die if I should stay. I feel suppressed, claustrophobic. I dream of a world that is utopic. But as I took at the life I lead. reality crushes my wildest dreams. And all that’s left is a handful of dust, that seeps into my skin to …

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On Michelangelo’s Angels (The Sistine Chapel) – Gary Farlow

Porches, Puddin’, and Persimmon – Gary Farlow

Reflections – Gary Farlow

Self Interview – Gary Farlow

The One Within – Gary Farlow

The Power of One – Gary Farlow

The Second Amendment – Gary Farlow

To Life – Gary Farlow

Waiting – Gary Farlow

Wasteland – Gary Farlow

You’re Busted – Gary Farlow

Here they come, Walking down the hall, They tear up our property Going through it all. Hey, Hey it’s a shake down, The PERT team don’t monkey around, Better not have no contraband You can’t hide it from these clowns. They yell lock down, And turn the water off, All dressed in camouflage, Don’t let …

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Your Laughter – Gary Farlow

About the Artist:

Gary K. Farlow attended Guilford Technical Community College, majoring in Administration of Justice. He completed undergraduate studies at the John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, and earned a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Jefferson College of Law at Head University in Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He also holds degrees from Western Illinois University, South Piedmont Community College, Montgomery Community College, and Southeastern Theological Seminary. He is past chairman of the Greensboro Human Relations Commission; represented North Carolina Governor James G. Martin on the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators; represented North Carolina at the 1984 national Conference of the Aged; was a Reagan and Bush Administration nominee for the African Development Foundation; served on the United Arts Council of Greensboro, Greensboro Historical Museum and Society, and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. He is a former vice president of the Gate City Jaycees, the Lions Club, and the Founder of the Senior Theatre Consortium. Mr. Farlow’s previous writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul, the Volunteer’s Soul, and The African American Soul, as well as Serving Time, Serving Others, Serving Productive Time, the Journal of the American Health Care Association, and two poetic anthologies of the National Library of Poetry, Essence of A Dream and Visions. He is the author of both Prison-ese: A Survivor’s Guide to Speaking Prison Slang, first edition published by Loompanics Unlimited, and The Cellblock Gourmet: Inmate Recipes From The Big House and Doin’ Time: How to Survive and Thrive in Prison, both published by the Graduate Group. Mr. Farlow is a Former Associate Editor of the East Triad Press and The Greensboro Sun; sports reporter for The High Point Enterprise, and has written various features for The Greensboro News and Record. He is a recipient of the PEN Award for Prison Writers and has written several play scripts including Sticks, which deals with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation’s prison system; Beyond Bars, dealing with the difficulties faced by those transitioning back into society after incarceration; A Homeless History Lesson, which explores the plight of the homeless and substance abuse in America. His poetry has been released on audio-cassette by the National Library of Poetry entitled Visions: The Poetry of Gary Farlow. Mr. Farlow has travelled extensively and has been a guest lecturer at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at the Medical University of South Africa in Pretoria. He has appeared on Eye on Washington and Good Morning South Africa. His poetry has also been released in two additional anthologies, Collections, by Iliad Press and The Best Poetry of America, by the National Library of Poetry.

An accomplished artist, specializing in urban landscapes utilizing colored pencil, Mr. Farlow’s works have been on display at Art With Conviction in Tucson, Arizona, the Prisons Foundation and Safer Streets Art Foundation in Washington D.C., and at the Durland Alternatives Library at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Mr. Farlow writes for the Prison Journalism Project.

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