Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Gerry LaFemina: Alphabet City

Longing has such a sense of history.

June 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

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

Mattea Kramer: Isolation and Opioids During the Pandemic

Drug Use in the Covid-19 Moment

September 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart

August 29, 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

Video: Snow White Cologne

. Director Amanda Eliasson says: Snow White Cologne is based on a true story about my sister who, as a teenager, had a drug abuse problem. I wanted to tell … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Buchheit: The Capitalist Manifesto — Let Poor People Die

The root of the problem is the condemnation of anything ‘social’ as un-American, which has helped modern-day capitalists to justify their belief in individual gain by any means. The original Capitalist Manifesto was a … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Driving

That was the year that summer lingered and fall came on late.  I was still wearing sleeveless clothes when the temperatures fell, and the wind rose suddenly, and tore the … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Relapse

Several of the young men from the treatment center are already dead.  They spanned the demographic spectrum so no conclusions can be made about why they did, or didn’t, make it. … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kate Daniels: Getting Clean 

i You can boil yourself down to the rudiments, all the way to the very bottom, and sit there pruning yourself to the compact form of a bouillon cube, its … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wyatt Massey: Believe Me, You Don’t Want Someone to Save the World

The change we need comes from the daily actions of many, many people. I want to slap the table and yell, but instead I opt for a smile. I deflect … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: America’s Addictions

Opioids, Donald Trump, and War When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Support Group

For a long time, each day was a bad day. Truthfully?  For years, each day was a bad day.   The nights were worse, but she could slide The deadbolt … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

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