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Fly, Colton, Fly

on April 7, 2011

Jackson Holtz, journalist at the Everett Herald, has written a book entitled, Fly, Colton, Fly. Holtz was among the first to cover Colton Harris-Moore’s story when it first broke in 2007, and continued to cover Colton’s story as it evolved. Fly, Colton, Fly was released this week, and Holtz will be signing copies on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Everett Borders Books.

Colton Harris Moore is the young man, otherwise known as the Barefoot Bandit, who began his career by breaking into houses on Camano Island. Colton worked his way up to stealing and flying planes. In July 2010, Colton was captured in the Bahamas, and has been awaiting trial in Seattle.

In the introduction to Fly, Colton, Fly, Holtz writes:

Colton was a serial burglar, a thief, a troubled kid whose extraordinary bravado landed him on the front pages of newspapers around the country. By the time he was arrested, barefoot and stuck on a sandbar in the Bahamas thousands of miles from home, Colton had captured fame. He went from being a young man from Camano Island with few prospects to being the Barefoot Bandit, an internationally known renegade. He soared at altitudes typically reserved for people who spend years training to be pilots and he reached great heights of infamy. He was abused and he fought back, waging a game with law enforcement that ended in a hailstorm of bullets in another country. He barged into many lives, stole from hundreds of people and frightened thousands more who lived on his flight path and in his territories. Colton also inspired, by thrilling a part not all of us will admit: sometimes it feels good to root for the bad guy. For a little while, that guy, the Barefoot Bandit, was winning, and we cheered him on: “Fly, Colton, Fly!”

A time line of Colton’s activity can be seen here.

Articles written by the Everett Herald about Colton Harris Moore can be found here.

I believe Colton passed through the Denney Juvenile Justice Center where I run the poetry workshop in 2007.  He was serving time for a break-in at the Stanwood Library. Although I was running the workshop in 2007,  I didn’t have a chance to work with Colton.

However, I have often wondered what Colton might have written if he had been in the poetry workshop.

I think it might have been pretty powerful.


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