Welcome to Arlin Buyert Poetry

“The sun sets fast tonight
and the shadows take their places in the dark.”

No Second Chance for Lansing Prison Poetry Teacher.
The Kansas City Star

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Set in a state prison, these interrelated free-verse poems take the fictitious voice of inmates who speak about their lives and dreams. The concept for Razor Wire comes from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. 

The book will be available on Amazon and in local Kansas City book stores.


Arlin's poem Notes From the Joint has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry.  This poem reflects Arlin's experiences teaching poetry at Lansing Prison.




On November 8th, 2018 the Interurban Arthouse sponsored an "Open to the Sky" poetry reading featuring Lansing Prison current and former inmates.





On Tuesday, September 17th, 2018 the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series presented an evening of poetry with Arlin Buyert.
Special musical guests Pat McGee, Jean Spikes,
and Steve Spikes.

See the Video Page for live performances.



Early morning
sitting near the dock
under the arms of an old oak,
I hear waves
waft a psalm of peace
in a holy way.

She is a window
looking deeply into the earth,
a passage to my depths
blanketed with water
that runs free yet bounded
by rocky shores and unseen winds.

I hear the loon's lilt,
see a swift sweep the surface,
feel the bite of morning's chill,
smell the cabin's cedar story,
taste alone on my lips.

Arlin along with 3 Lansing Prison inmates had poems published in the latest edition of the Coal City Review.