Austin native Marilyn Buck — activist, poet, and long-time political prisoner — was released from prison last December after serving 25 years for crimes related to her actions in support of the black liberation movement in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Twenty days later she died of cancer. Felix Shafer, a long-time friend and artistic collaborator, has written a poetic tribute to Marilyn that puts her life and legacy into the context of her times, and that shows why she gained a very special place in the hearts of her many friends and supporters.

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