Twelve men wearing orange jumpsuits and Crocs filed into a classroom to read and write poetry.
New Leaf, New Life, a Bloomington non-profit that provides programs for people in and out of the Monroe County Jail, hosts a poetry class for inmates every Friday afternoon. Twenty-three of the poems they wrote were displayed and published in Bloomington.
“A tiny bit of feeling like someone values your time and values what you have to say enough to try to distribute it to the world makes someone feel like the time they spent wasn’t totally wasted,” said Frank Brown Cloud, teacher of the class.
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