I write letters of hope to a stranger held captive in an unfamiliar land My worries slip away as I answer this call for freedom imagine a chance reply from a writer sending a message to the world ~ They have built a wall around my head dimmed my ears to days of silence A stone curtain wraps the blackness the solitude inside Shackled at the wrist my night cries echo your calls for justice rights I will never yeild
PEN: poets, playwrights, editors, essayists, and novelists) who write letters for the release of imprisoned writers held by foreign Governments or groups.
Brenda is a writer and artist of Wiradjuri and British descent from Sydney. Her fourth poetry collection ‘Inland Sea’ was published in 2021. Many of her poems have appeared in anthologies and journals both online and in print, including Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, Quantum, Southerly and Westerly. She is a mentor for Black Cockatoo, the Emerging Indigenous Poets site at Verity La.