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Fri May 16, 2014

Woman Who Killed Grandmother Finds Poetry In Prison

"Never forget what it was like to be caged in that forest of lustful, hopeless confusion and rage."

In her dark poetry, Alma Rosa Maseda explores the jagged emotions of her troubled teen years, a creeping sense of loneliness and isolation — and a burst of seemingly inexplicable violence.

Just some of the details of her past — drugs, gangs, mental illness — would weave a complex, painful narrative. But Maseda’s life plumbed depths few young women ever reach.

Just six months months ago, she was released from Homestead Correctional Institution after doing nearly 10 years. For murdering her grandmother in North Miami.

Read the full story at, and listen to Maseda's poetry here:

"She loved me more than anything in the world. I know that great love she had for me, I know I can say she forgives me. She forgave me for what I did."
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald