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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

Peter Schireson: Kindling

even years later,
I still feel
nothing

August 4, 2020 · 2 Comments

David Huddle: Villanelle for Lady Day

Billie said, “If I’m going to sing like someone
else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” Let’s
just say I was white and knew how to conform.

June 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: A True Story of How I Almost Became a Rock and Roll God (with special appearance by Iron Butterfly)

So there I was, jumping up and down on a king-sized bed in an expensive hotel in Miami Beach, drinking rum straight from the bottle. And right beside me, jumping up and down, playing the air-guitar and blasting out his famous song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, was Doug Ingle.

May 9, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The end of civilization as we know it

I want to apologize for walking in
When the dog was licking
Your bald head as you lay
On the couch drinking rum
Straight from the bottle…

January 18, 2020 · 23 Comments

Jason Baldinger: A Seventy-Four Dollar Shotgun

two men in camouflage
drunk loud talk, stare at shotguns

December 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jay Carson: Michael

On his route with a load of papers on his head,
he wasn’t tough enough to scare Michael
who socked him so hard papers flew
like peace doves all over Fifth Avenue.

June 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lynn Emanuel: Some Notes on Intoxication and Simile

If my mother had not been an alcoholic, I might not have been a poet.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Sandra McPherson: Drunkard’s Path

From the table I selected a Big Book:
“The more hopeless he feels, the better.”

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Charles Fox: How Jung’s collective unconscious inspired Alcoholics Anonymous

There was just one hope, Jung said: occasionally alcoholics could recover after experiencing some type of religious conversion. However, he cautioned, recoveries due to a life-changing ‘vital spiritual experience’ were relatively rare.

May 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jocelyn Elise Crowley: Baby boomers are divorcing for surprisingly old-fashioned reasons

At first, Kathy, 53 years old, spoke to me calmly, but as the minutes ticked away, her voice started to crack. Her husband had a long-standing problem with alcohol. The … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lauren Camp: Still Life with Extinctions

Almost no one else heard it, the bitch, bitch  thrown from the line  next to me. It was Thursday, and the voice offered  its etceteras without saying much else. But what … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

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