23rd July 2018

Reading Log 4

Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane – Etheridge Knight

Short Story finished: 13th February 

  • African American hard rock prisoner is the persona of a rebellion genius.
  • bad rep – bad punishment

‘Hard Rock Returns to prison from the hospital for the criminally insane’ written by Etheridge Knight is a poem based on a long-term African American prisoner called Hard Rock. Hard Rock has suffered frequent physical injury and punishment during his time in prison as he has a bad reputation and the personality of someone who you cannot break. Hard Rock is taken away to the hospital for the criminally insane and where his biggest punishment yet was performed. A hole bored in his head, part of his brain cut out and electricity shot through what was left. The poem tells of what Hard rock used to be, and how he is now following his brain surgery.


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