None of Us are Free Until all of Us are Free

Poems from the inside

None of Us are Free Until all of Us are Free is a book of poems from people currently incarcerated.

At Incendium Radical Library we are interested in challenging the prison nation, (including policing) which have been and are currently used to further the colonial project and to oppress those most marginalised. Incendium Radical Library and Press believe incarceration creates trauma and violence and further dehumanises people. Through literature and art, we believe that poetry and other mediums of creativity open dialogue to promote compassion and build community.

None of Us are Free Until all of Us are Free includes poems written by Courtney White, Colleen Tayba, Stacey Edwards, Wendy Hill, Rebecca Amelung, Rebecca Collier, Helen Nguyen, Tracy Mison, Anneliese Kirchen, Courtney Pollard, Pauline Chantal Limpe, Samantha John, David McGettigan, Zoe, Renee, Kama, Courtney, Hayley, Ashleigh, Lauren, Lanie, Georgia, Erryn, Nicky .D., Jamie-Lee and Lana Gee.

The book includes a lino-cut poster by xjavifuegox.

There is also a very limited lino-cut print run of t-shirts available with book.

All profits from this project are supporting the Incarcerated Trans & Gender Diverse Community Fund (https://au.gofundme.com/f/incarcerated-trans-amp-gender-diverse-community-fund).

by A’isyiyah

A’isyiyah is a Batak and Jawa mama who grew up on unceded Cabrogal Land (South-West Sydney). They are invested in building strong communities founded upon intergenerational, ancestral, and collective healing. They organise in community both autonomously and with Anticolonial Asian Alliance, a First Nations solidarity collective. They dream and study prison abolition and transformative justice, and are the vocalist of anticolonial erratic hardcore band Arafura.

Undocumented is a narrative essay that weaves ancestral remembrance together with dreaming abolition to imagine a world founded upon principles of love and nurturance. It was written in conversation with community, alongside those who practise insurgent care in their daily lives, in hopes to grow strong roots for the next world."

The Tower by

Ainslie Templeton

he thinks we’re walking the path
but we’re not walking buddies
that’s not my damp-sand path 

and not my dream of the lighthouse
I am not your lobster, your little
bug robe guide that takes what feels like walkies….

Described as “an automaton’s burn book” and “a collection of anti-psalms,” The Tower is a collection of 38 poems from Ainslie Templeton. The poetry interrogates sex magic, networked life, and public speech acts, interspersed with images gleaned from the poems’ development in the artist’s Instagram pages.

Electric Lotus by Manisha Anjali
Electric Lotus is an inquiry into the ‘ecstatic’–is it synthetic, manic or electric? It blooms in the naked recitations of the wandering mystic Lal Ded, in the animal and flower companions of the saint Akka Mahadevi, in the throat of the playback singer Asha Bhosle, in the indigo devotion of the cult star Ma Anand Sheela. This is an interactive text for play and performance.

Electric Lotus was written during Manish’s recidency at Incendium Radical Library. 

Liquidation by Autumn Royal

Liquidation is a collection of anti-elegies exploring how love & loss generate experiences of ecstatic awareness & the uncanny sensation of being both inside & outside the body. With shifts, spills & soaks, Liquidation interrogates the representational qualities of language in relation to how varying forms of value are placed on normative expectations relating to emotions & identities.

I occupy space, which is to say i am always grieving by Chi Tran

As part of the 2017 Summer writer’s residency we published Chi Tran’s chapbook, I occupy space, which is to say, i am always grieving.

Someone  writes  the  word  controversial but I think they might mean cruel. Then blood and pleasure are, once again, made normal, and I remember what I had been told to forget.

Chi’s chapbook is available
to buy... here.

A review from Autumn Royal of “I occupy space, which is to say, i am always grieving,” can be found in Overland... here.

Transformative Justice Camp Notes and Resources

As part of the Transformative Justice Camp, held in 2017, the library published notes and resources from the discussions shared. The full pdf is available... here.