The Bad Influence
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The Bad Influence


Poetic Memory

Photo of Rene, 1975

René once told me,
“You don’t love me,
you love the version of you
you see in my eyes.”

I reacted defensively, of course.

I was 17.
He was 29.
Perhaps he was right.



We’re a Bad Influence because we INCITE change through inclusion, thought and creativity. We imagine a world where people can think critically, express themselves, and thumb their nose at the status quo, together.

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Mark Olmsted

Mark Olmsted

Author, "Ink from the Pen," about my 9 months using creativity as the ultimate survival tool behind bars.