The Definition of Empty

By Bill O'Neill



The Definition of Empty is the story of a dedicated advocate trying to help adolescents facing incarceration and newly released parolees navigate imperfect and seemingly indifferent legal systems and societies. Told from the point of view of a public servant trying his best to work with people at various levels of brokenness, these poems are compassionate, heartbreaking, and even sometimes brutal while the voice is gentle, outraged, and naïve in turns. With this collection O’Neill insists that readers bear witness to the struggles of disenfranchised people they might otherwise ignore.

Subjects: Poetry

Contributor Bios
Bill O’Neill is a New Mexico State senator. He is also the author of The Freedom of the Ignored and the novel Panoramic Diaries. O’Neill has worked extensively with incarcerated juveniles and adults in New Mexico.