First Edition (September 17, 2013)
5" x 8"
Published by redbat books,
La Grande, OR
The Pariah’s Syntax
Notes from an Innocent Man
Essays & Poetry by Byron Case
pa·ri·ah n. an outcast.
syn·tax n. the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.
From a nine-by-eleven cell in a maximum-security prison, Byron Case, a one-time child prodigy wrongfully convicted of murder at age twenty-three, began blogging. Composed on an electronic typewriter, his dispatches take many forms—richly textured in-the-moment vignettes, poems, gleefully recollected anecdotes, satirical commentaries on the penal system, and more. In whatever shape Case writes, his steady voice comes through clearly and distinctively.
Evocative even at its most reserved, poetic even at its most prosaic, undefeated even at its most melancholy, The Pariah’s Syntax: Notes from an Innocent Man collects some of Case’s best personal writings from prison. It is a lush, variegated assortment: forty pieces of prose and poetry (fifteen never before published), each a shining example of this young writer’s talent, resolve, and above all, humanity.
Who is the Pariah?
Byron Case is an imprisoned writer and poet from Kansas City, Missouri, unjustly serving two life sentences for a murder he did not commit.
In addition to his book, The Pariah's Syntax (redbat books, 2013), Byron’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in an array of periodicals, including J Journal, Alimentum, Rockhurst Review, Meridian, I Love Bad Movies, and Hyperlexia Journal. He also contributed essays to the best-selling anthologies The Moment (Harper Perennial, 2012) and Requiem for a Paper Bag (Fireside, 2009). An eternal projectoholic, he is currently looking to publish his memoir about ostracism and the dark side of Asperger’s syndrome, while simultaneously writing a collection of interweaving stories about survivors of a civilization-ending zombie pandemic.
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