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By Mark Brunetti
Every poster, DVD cover, and Wikipedia page shows that epic moment in Shawshank Redemption when Andy is kneeling in the water and the rain looking up at the sky and his moment of complete freedom after 19 years and the jail in the distance. People want to feel like that.
But I want to feel like Andy Dufrane when he gets the books for the beginning of the library after 6 years of sending letters to the state for funding. Having the thought to now send 2 letters a week instead of one and becoming more persistent and becoming even more absurd locking a guard in the bathroom and playing a piece from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro over the loud speaker to all the prisoners in the court yard. And when the warden looks in I wanna look him in the eye for a short moment turn the volume up and turn away knowing that the next day, I'd return to the courtyard or the hole or my job or whatever else it was I do on a daily basis.
Some people want to be on the rooftop of a building drinking beers after laying down tar, like waiters and waitresses taking shots at a bar in the middle of their shift in front of the customers to feel more human. Some people want to feel like that moment when Andy escapes jail and is looking up at the sky with arms outstretched. Not me I want to live absurdly all the time and play Mozart over loud speakers to all the prisoners in the courtyard.
Mark Brunetti recently received his MFA in poetry from William Paterson University. He teaches at Brookdale Community College and Rowen University and will be reading at the upcoming 100,000 poets for change event in Asbury Park on September 27. He publishes the Idiom Magazine an underground literary mag that he disperses for free at readings and shows. You could see the work that he does at http://www.theidiommag.com