In 2008 Marilyn published a translation of Uruguayan poet-in-exile Cristina Peri Rossi’s extraordinary collection, State of Exile. The book, published by City Lights, includes two personal/political essays on exile, one by Peri Rossi and one by Marilyn.
Marilyn has been awarded three prizes by the PEN Prison Writing Program, including first prize for poetry in 2001 for her chapbook, Rescue the Word.
In prison, Marilyn participated in a series of poetry workshops led, behind prison walls, by June Jordan’s Poetry for the People.
What Marilyn loved most about the poetry workshops inside was being part of a community of poets — the spoken aloud, in-your-faceness of poetry in voices that layered, that shared, that contradicted, that inspired each other. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Poetics from New College of California.
This CD is a poetry jam in space — created across and despite razor wire, prison bars and censored phone lines. It is a gathering of poets to celebrate the work of sister poet Marilyn Buck. On it, she reads some of her own poets, and she is also joined by such noted poets as devorah major, Amiri Baraka, Dennis Brutus, Sonia Sanchez, David Meltzer, Mitsuye Yamada, Staajabu, Sarah Menefee, Carlos Quiles, and others reading selections of her poems and their own.
In the eyes of the government, Marilyn was an enemy of the state, despised for her role in freeing Black Liberation leader Assata Shakur, hated for her willingness to risk her life and freedom for a world imaginable only to a revolutionary—or a poet. Read more about Wild Poppies, listen to the poems and get the CD!
This collection is proof that revolutionary imagination can’t be stifled, no matter how many prisons or patriot acts we face. A poet calls out, and dozens of voices rush to answer.
"Shawnee Unit - A Control Unit For Women" with Silvia Baraldini, Susan Rosenberg, and Laura Whitehorn on prison isolation units for women prisoners. 1992.
"Legal Issues for Women in Federal Prison" with Laura Whitehorn. 1996.
"Cruel But Not Unusual: The Punishment of Women in U.S. Prisons, An Interview with Marilyn Buck and Laura Whitehorn" by Susie Day. 2001 (on the Monthly Review web site).
"Freedom to Breathe". 2004.
"The U.S. Prison State". 2004
In addition to Rescue the Word and Wild Poppies, Marilyn's poems have appeared in numerous journals and collections, including Hauling Up the Morning, Wall Tappings, Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth, and Seeds of Fire. Some are also published online:
"To Women Who Work" 1988
"My Sister" 1988
"To Yanira" 1988
"American Gothic" 1988
"Clandestine Kisses" 1990
"Lost Letter" 1990
"Against Restrictive Space" 1991
"No Frills" 1995
"I Saw Your Picture Today" 1996
"For Fear of Being Called" 1996
"Woman with Cat and Iris" 1997
"Night Showers" 1997
"Air Nike Slam Dunk" 1997
"Dear Liz" 1997
"Too Soon" 1997
"Rescue the Word" 1998
"Three Women" 1999
"Black August" 2000
"Not a Life Sentence" 2000
"Sentenced Words" 2005
"Tattoos" and "Undocumented" 2009 (in a new window)