My Chosen Prison is the first volume in a heptalogy compiled by Monmouth University Professor Christine Kaye Severson. It represents part of a body of work that consists of over three hundred poems, numerous short stores, and other miscellaneous works. My Chosen Prison examines the complexities and frustrations that exist within that fundamental common denominator, language. Severson uses words at once subtle and cutting, investing weight and meaning in the every day. My Chosen Prison is an open and honest examination of how language binds us together while simultaneously helping to establish identity and difference.