Today we will be looking at the poem "Parole" by David Winter in our new anthology "It's animal but merciful". 13 couplets make up a haunting and chilling poem about "receiving" freedom from the higher-ups. There aren't any definable facts in this poem that gear towards the political but it's whats not said that really gears this poem into overdrive. Freedom in your heart is just as important as freedom from jail or other vices. Winter refers to freedom as "a naked space, unwalled, unnamed, stripped of air". Oh freedom has never sent such a shiver through my spine as this poem does.