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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

Robert Walicki: If a Tree Falls

A tree falls does anyone care if it makes it into this poem? A poem bone deep and raw, broken into bark and hanging on to the edge of a … Continue reading

February 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jay Carson: Luminary

Just in case you think I got screwed up only recently, let me tell you about the fire: My wife in those days was a candle maker as well as … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Kate Daniels: Detox  

So she wouldn’t judge, she practiced empathy, sitting for months in full lotus, palms open, thumb and forefinger touching to make a small circle she could empty her thoughts inside … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Winship: Brett Kavanaugh, the All-American Privileged Boy

His was not a judicial temperament. It was the unhinged ranting of a right-wing ideologue who should not be allowed to serve as an associate justice of SCOTUS. Thursday’s Senate … Continue reading

October 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kate Daniels: At the Meetings They Say, “Detach with Love”

When the alcoholic fell before reaching The bed, and pissed his pants before Passing out, and shat himself, and puked Up what was left of lunch, and just lay there … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Binge

War comes to visit me once a day. I can’t get rid of him. He’s grown old and hates himself. I stopped a quarter century ago, but he still drinks … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Audio: Patsy Cline — “Crazy”

. Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley 1932 – 1963) was an American country music singer. Part of the late 1950s/early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully crossed over to pop music and was … Continue reading

April 14, 2018 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: Bright as Guilt

Under the shadow of death, I drank my entire language, sucked the bones out of my hands. I drank until my bone marrow pickled and my eyes, their lids, turned … Continue reading

January 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

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