Illustration by Anja Rydén
The moment is now
one star in a collective
of stars

We must now
celebrate our differences
our sameness
our shameness

We must elevate
and celebrate the mess
we created
we must step deep
away from the shore

We must step deep
into the shit
and transform it

Now is the time
now is the moment
the call to love
the call to celebrate love

And realize
there are no distant stars
but only one galaxy of stars

We must gather
at the water holes
at the river of our souls

We must gather
like water buffalos
in love

Spoon Jackson


Bartstow - the film

"Barstow" Rainer Komers' documentary is screening at SF DocFest 5th and 7th of June! The film

looks at what life is like on the opposite side of the American Dream. Barstow is also Spoon's hometown and he reads excerpts from his and Judith Tannenbaum's memoir "By Heart" in the film.

"The film is a poignant and multi-layered portrait of the life and landscape of the Mojave Desert. Structured in a loose way, that almost allows comparisons to John Fahey's spare fingerpicking, like a skeletal blues lost in time, the film observes how life weaves itself in and outside the texture of an American life that the ideology of neo-liberal policies has completely forgotten. The voice of poet and inmate Stanley "Spoon" Jackson, who began serving a life sentence without possibility of parole in 1977 and has since then served time in more than a half dozen California state prisons, reads excerpts from his autobiography By Heart while images of a world suspended drenched in pure American mythology are intercut, drowned in the brutal reality and consequences of ruthless financial politics. BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA is truly the other side of the American dream." 



Uncuffed is a radio series with interviews produced by men inside Solano State Prison, aired on KALW.com radio. Spoon is one of them.
The producers come from all walks of life. They are poets, musicians, actors, and writers who share a passion for revealing the human side of incarceration.
Listen to all the stories on Uncuffed. Uncuffed is supported by Arts in Corrections, a program of the California Arts Council with funding from CDCR.