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Kirk Nesset is not a victim of the prison industrial complex, he's a predator

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On February 1, POETRY announced it was proud to present its “The Practice of Freedom” issue. They stated was “devoted to the work of currently and formerly incarcerated people, their families, and the artists, poets, and teachers who work in carceral spaces.”

That sounds like some good work, but this issue included poetry by Kirk Nesset.

Yes, Kirk Nesset.

Kirk is a 63-year-old white man. BA in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara.

Kirk is a person with enough privilege to get a tenured English Literature teaching gig at Allegheny College, a private liberal art college founded in 1815. He spent 19 years at the institution until he went to prison.

What did Kirk Nesset go to prison for? 

Kirk has the kind of privilege that after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography and storing “half a million images of child pornography on his computer” then spending five years in prison; he was published—a mere four short months from his prison release in POETRY, a magazine put out by the Poetry Foundation a publication that regularly tells everyone no.

According to Jezebel, POETRY only accepts 12 percent of submissions.

The Guardian reported that POETRY stated regarding Kirk’s inclusion that guest editors “didn’t have knowledge of contributors’ backgrounds.” That is pointedly not saying anonymous.

Does POETRY expect us to believe that no one at POETRY knew who Kirk was and that no one would have bothered to Google? Really?

A widely published, popular workshop facilitator, tenured professor, and translator goes to prison for child porn (pedophilia ) in a highly publicized trial and this individual just happens to end up in POETRY magazine’s prison issue?

And we are supposed to believe that is random?

We are supposed to believe that he was just so talented, brilliant, and gifted he rose above all the other submissions.

That would be funny if it weren’t such an incredulous fabrication of disinformation and his crime were not so heinous.

I’m baffled how pedophiles and rapists continue to be amplified and indulged in the writing world and the arts in general. How do you rape, molest, kill women and children and continue to be lauded, taught, and published? How does this well to do white man end up in an issue for victims of the US industrial prison complex? He is not a victim.

Black, Chicano, and Native Americans are the voices who should have been amplified in the POETRY “The Practice of Freedom” issue, not a well established white man who dreams of fucking little kids.

Are rapists and pedophiles oppressed like anti-vaxxers? Is that what this is? Are we archiving their voices in major publications so that future generations can have a warped perspective of boundaries and be open-minded about immoral perversions? Do we really need to encourage the kind of behavior of:

Another vile act of Kirk’s —shortly after getting out of prison, he apparently began submitting to literary magazines under the nom de plum, Damon Macias Moreno. So this violent white predator felt he was not being given a fair chance as a white man and began to adopt a Black/Latino/Asian identity because minorities are taking all the opportunities!

I can not help, but wonder did POETRY create the “The Practice of Freedom” issue specifically to highlight Kirk’s work? A sort of happy release from prison literary party.

“[T]he court was advised that Nesset distributed, received and possessed thousands of computer movies and images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Some of these images and movies depicted infants and toddlers.”

FBI

In December just two months after his release from prison Kirk’s alleged alias Twitter account, Moreno, retweeted a poem about a Girl Scout entitled “Thin Mints,” the poem starts:

Girl Scout at the door, a box of Thin Mints in her hand. She is maybe 12 or so. Bangs and peachy lip gloss. The purse against her hip is like the one my mother wore. Cobra skin and golden clasp

“He also indicated he had a preference for girls ages 10 to 13, the FBI said.”

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The poem “Thin Mints” is fine, but within the context of Kirk’s history, it shows a shockingly bold lack of remorse for his prior predatory actions.

I believe exceptional criteria were used to publish Kirk’s work in POETRY. An exception that entirely violated the spirit of the issue. I feel that Kirk’s work was allowed to be published in “The Practice of Freedom” because of who he knew and who he is. POETRY gave Kirk’s submission white male privileges. It is disingenuous for POETRY to imply that no one knew who he was. POETRY knew who he was, and I suspect they probably hid it from the guest editors until the very last moment and then gaslighted them into being OK with it.

Not even the most odious of white men are told no.



Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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I knew Kirk in prison. He was a decent guy and is working to get his life back in order. While in prison he taught creative writing classes and tutored GED students.  He knows he did wrong and is trying to rebuild.

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At the rate we're going, this guest commenter is probably Kirk Nesset.

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Nope. I just knew him. We we in the same dorm.  Eighty men, with all different charges warehoused by the BOP.

No matter what his or anyone else charges were, at Lompoc FCI, we were all victims of a broken down system that only seeks to but people away and offer no real therapy for anyone there.  It was estimated that 50% of the men in Lompoc FCI were sex offenders, yet no therapy of counseling was ever made available in there.

They did offer an RDAP program that gives a year off for drug and alcohol treatment. However that was known as a "Fake it to make it" program.  Spice use was rampant inside the program. I saw one man beaten down in the yard only because he called BS on a guy in therapy that was claiming to be working the program during an group session.

When COVID hit the yard,  we were given one paper mask and told to make it last.  Over 900 men were infected and 5 died.  In the end there was no difference between the 31 year old Somali Pirate and the 55 year old Sex Offender who died.  The BOP stood around and did nothing. Well they did handcuff the Somali after he was dead before they transported him. The rest of us were shuttled around.  When I ended up with COVID and a 103 degree temperature,  they took me and about 100 more to a condemned section of the medium prison (the old SHU) and told us to survive.

If the general public really knew what goes on (or more accurately doesn't go on) in a federal prison, you would demand their closure and want a program with real results.

As for Kirk, he unlike many others, never hid what he did. He didn't promote it, he accepted responsibility for it. The guy is trying to rebuild a life. It will never be the life he had before. But he does have a voice and there is no reason that ANY crime should silence any voice. Either everyone has a voice, or no one does.

-Boj

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So the hell what? The man served his time. Does it matter what his background is when the Poetry feature was literally about those who served time? Poetry magazine is free to publish who they want. Last time I checked, the USA still places value on freedom of expresssion, even offensive articles like this filth.

You want your readers to care about the plight of marginalized peoples, yet you are doing the same thing. That is called hypocrisy. Your statement implying everyone on the registry rapes and murders children shows you have no idea what you're talking about. In turn, I find myself not caring about anything else you have to say.

Personally, I think you're just mad because Poetry won't publish anything you write. No one wants to read a racist fuck like you whining about racism. Hell, you don't even have the decency to add your name to your writing. You can't stand by your own words. What are YOU hiding, huh?

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Quote from Guest on February 4, 2021, 7:52 pm

I knew Kirk in prison. He was a decent guy and is working to get his life back in order. While in prison he taught creative writing classes and tutored GED students.  He knows he did wrong and is trying to rebuild.

Ok, Kirk.

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Quote from Guest on February 6, 2021, 9:59 am
Quote from Guest on February 4, 2021, 7:52 pm

I knew Kirk in prison. He was a decent guy and is working to get his life back in order. While in prison he taught creative writing classes and tutored GED students.  He knows he did wrong and is trying to rebuild.

Ok, Kirk.

Once again, I am not Kirk, but if it makes you feel better to think I am, knock yourself out.

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Incarcerated pedophiles are not "marginalized peoples." They are not victims of the system. They are exactly where they belong.

It has long been shown that therapy is useless for sexual predators. Kirk isn't going to change, no matter how much therapy he gets. He served his time, yes, but he's still a pedophile. If that doesn't horrify you, then you are morally corrupt.

And no one is silencing Kirk's "voice." Having a voice doesn't mean one is owed a platform. Kirk can write whatever he likes. But POETRY never should have published it.

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Quote from Guest on February 5, 2021, 11:22 pm

So the hell what? The man served his time. Does it matter what his background is when the Poetry feature was literally about those who served time? Poetry magazine is free to publish who they want. Last time I checked, the USA still places value on freedom of expresssion, even offensive articles like this filth.

You want your readers to care about the plight of marginalized peoples, yet you are doing the same thing. That is called hypocrisy. Your statement implying everyone on the registry rapes and murders children shows you have no idea what you're talking about. In turn, I find myself not caring about anything else you have to say.

Personally, I think you're just mad because Poetry won't publish anything you write. No one wants to read a racist fuck like you whining about racism. Hell, you don't even have the decency to add your name to your writing. You can't stand by your own words. What are YOU hiding, huh?

Imagine getting so angry defending someone complicit in the rapes of toddlers and children. Someone with over five hundred thousand videos and images of the torture and degradation of innocents. I can only think of one reason someone might defend pedophiles and pedophilia and it ain't pretty. So maybe before you ask what someone else is hiding, you take a long look in the mirror.

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If you were yard mates, it means you too are a child molester or into child porn. So maybe just STFU about how rehabilitated you two are. You are both disgusting and without remorse for the lives you ruined.

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