Prison Visit


Fifth Estate # 391, Spring/Summer 2014 - Anarchy!

Prison is

Hushed and heavy

Like water near the Ocean’s floor,

Then loud and bitter,

Like fractious storms lashing the sky

Everything cement and nerves

And too many years gone by…

The heart requires a place to rest

From all its maddened wanderings

The raft of the Medusa tossed

And trembling in the sea.

Or just this table here

And you across from me,

A sunlit sail

And I this aching castaway.

I cannot touch you–it is not allowed.

Our eyes hold

Hanging onto words

Until a hand falls upon the back

The narrow hall, the clanking keys

The door, the cell

And under.

Marie Mason is an anarchist and eco and animal rights prisoner serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of sabotage carried out in defense of the planet.

This is the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date. No one was injured in any of her actions.

For more information, visit

Also in this issue: “With Conviction: Art and Letters from Behind Prison Walls,” was displayed in January at Sacramento’s Exhibit S Gallery featuring prisoner art, letters, and zines. Chicago-based Anthony Rayson and Michael Ploski, amassed hundreds of pieces of original artwork rarely before exhibited beyond prison walls including four acrylics from Marie Mason seen above.

The opening on January 14 was a packed house and heard a talk by Rayson on the assembled art as well as one on Marie by jenny from the Sacramento Prisoner Support crew.