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Travis Lupick: Gabor Maté And The Myth of Normal

Celebrated physician Gabor Maté discusses how our toxic culture is making us ill.

September 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Lisa Fay Coutley | Shelter: Michigan

He wants me
to believe he met Jesus in Memphis
after his car went dead & he forgot
& forgot & forgot to feed his dog.

August 29, 2022 · 8 Comments

Edward Harkness: My Father’s Uncles Doing Time

Their sorry, sorry asses. Bad year, 1929.
Neither one is yet 30 in the grim prison photos
I received from the state archives.

July 21, 2022 · 8 Comments

Lisa Fay Coutley: Duplex

your son is a homeless drug addict your son is
your son is a homeless drug addict your son
until it becomes real

July 18, 2022 · 4 Comments

Wendy Mnookin: Celebration

I’ll fill my wedding vase
with deep-veined lilies, harlot asters,
pollen will dust the table
where I mass them every week.

May 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Kavita Babu: What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?

Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl.

May 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

George Drew: Drumming Armageddon

I, too, have friends dead from drugs,
guys I hung out with on my hometown streets
and in the war memorial park with wood railings
we kept falling off, too stoned to balance on.

November 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

Alfred W. McCoy: America’s Drug Wars

Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

July 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: Alphabet City

Longing has such a sense of history.

June 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

Molly Fisk: How to Stop

It depends on the way you were broken:
Body from soul? Mind from memory?

April 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Valerie Bacharach: Elegy for Nathan

An addict is an actor, able to look you in the eye, smile, and lie so convincingly that you begin to question yourself.

February 21, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: Sundays

A crew of skateboarders in 12-step recovery.

November 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sydney Lea: Hole

He says even in the joint they didn’t have no trouble
gettin product
and once when they couldn’t, why, a bunch of them
shot up whatever, fools
that they all was

November 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Why you might be interested in my new book

Donate $20 or more to your favorite progressive cause or candidate, and Red Cedar Distribution will send you a free copy of my new collection of poems American Ash.

October 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

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