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My Redemption

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

Event calendar
Friday, Apr 26, 2019


Bobby Bandiera Band with special guest Bliss @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

Motor City Revue @ Tim McLoones Supper Club, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

RPR with The Annie Donahue Trio at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

Uprooted Band @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

John Pizzarelli A Centennial Celebration of Nat King Cole @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm


Girls Night: The Musical @ Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 8:00pm

Benny & Joon @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 8:00pm

THE SOUND OF MUSIC @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

DIY Theater Festival @ The Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton - 12:00pm and 6:00pm

HER DREAM / HIS NIGHTMARE @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

String Around My Finger @ Oakes Center, Summit - 8:00pm

The Crucible @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:30pm

Heartland @ Luna Stage, West Orange - 8:00pm


Italian Bred with Candice Guardino @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm


PILOBOLUS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

something happens in between @ Hearst Dance Theater - Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton - 8:30pm


"Getting Over" screening @ Art Tank, Asbury Park - 7:00pm


Celebrate Passover with iPlay America @ iPlay America, Freehold - 11:00am

Australias Thunder From Down Under @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

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