Life Behind Barbed Wire: Poetry from New York Youth Incarcerated is the 2015 issue of the Poetry Behind The Walls Book Series, a project of Save the Kids and published by Arissa Media Group. Life Behind Barbed Wire was released in May 2015. This book is a collection of poems from youth incarcerated in New York from 2007 to 2011. This powerful and timeless collection of poems will move any reader.
A continuation of the Poetry Behind the Walls series, this collection provides a space and place for the voices of youth who are incarcerated to critically express their experiences related to the criminal justice system, school system, and their community. Grounded in Hip Hop culture, the writing style throughout the series often reflects non-colonial English. The collection promotes social justice and critical thinking about education, poverty, sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression. As a creative outlet and space for expression, this book provides a means for the poets to empower themselves and resist victimization.