Ray Murphy, from a letter quoted in the Introduction by Glenna Luschei:
Virtually all of my writing about opiates stems from writing about injury. I never address opiates as a recreational drug. Be interesting to see how many other submissions you get that come out of injury and pain, and then progress into dependency and possibly full-blown addiction.
The second piece in the issue is Marsha de la O’s Paradise Motel. An excerpt:
Black flame, blue spoon, now the shadow
draws close a cloak as wide as Lake Michigan,
robed and rocked in god’s water, rippling
indigo. From out on the street the rush of cars
weave through their harmonies —
those vessels I’ve entered one by one,
riding out currents on a raft of fire.
Marsha de la O’s new collection, Every Ravening Thing, is just out from Pitt Poetry.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.