Category Archives: Hannah Overton

The Parting

This poem is dedicated to Hannah Overton, and to all women who have suffered forcible separation from their children. She held the baby for the final time. No time was long enough, no word could say What must be said. … Continue reading

Posted in Hannah Overton, Wrongful Convictions | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Home for Christmas

Hannah Overton has been released from jail, as of yesterday evening when the judge granted her bail and her friends, family, and church posted the necessary $50,000. The Texas Monthly has a celebratory article/analysis here. The legal blogs “Grits for … Continue reading

Posted in Hannah Overton, Wrongful Convictions | Tagged | Leave a comment

Letter on Emma’s Birthday

I’m continuing with my project of turning a few of Hannah Overton‘s letters into poems. This one is a very early letter from Hannah’s first months of incarceration after the trial. Hannah’s infant daughter turned one year old, and Hannah … Continue reading

Posted in Hannah Overton, Wrongful Convictions | Leave a comment

Two Months

It’s two months to the day since Hannah Overton‘s murder conviction was overturned, and she was granted a new trial with the privilege of being presumed innocent until proven guilty. At least in theory. In actual fact, Hannah continues to … Continue reading

Posted in Hannah Overton | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

In the wilderness

Hannah Overton’s letters from prison are rich with spiritual reflections. They are “unvarnished,” both in style and in content: Hannah has raw realities to relate, and equally raw determination to forgive her enemies and carry the Gospel wherever God leads … Continue reading

Posted in Hannah Overton, Wrongful Convictions | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Lord is King

In continuing celebration of the good news about Hannah Overton, here is a great hymn from the Anglican songbooks. The first time I heard it in church (about a year ago), it made me think of Hannah’s case in a … Continue reading

Posted in Hannah Overton | Leave a comment

The Face

This poem is dedicated to Hannah Overton, and to all who have been wrongfully convicted. She wore her hair done up, a pinstriped shirt, Gold earrings — tiny, so you had to squint — She waited for the judge or, … Continue reading

Posted in Hannah Overton, Wrongful Convictions | Leave a comment