NJTV challenges members of the public to write an original poem, write a testimonial or send a video about how addiction has affected themselves or their family. The poem could be about a person’s own experiences with addiction and recovery, how drug abuse has affected his or her family, a memorial to someone lost to an overdose or other related experience. The poetry initiative is part of the network’s year-long community engagement project addressing the Garden State’s opioid and heroin overdose epidemic, entitled Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis.
In addition to submissions from the general public, two local professional poets, Grisel Acosta and Marjorie Barnes, were involved with NJTV’s Addiction Crisis initiative, attending the network’s community forum at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark in October 5, 2016. From their observations at the forum, they were challenged to write creative pieces that were read as in-progress works during the 2016 Dodge Poetry Festival at a session coordinated by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). The call for poems portion of NJTV’s Addiction Crisis initiative is made possible by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Each poetry submission in this site, and any statement or opinion expressed therein, is the work of its author, and does not reflect the views or opinions of NJTV. Some material may contain graphic content.
Barb J. Lemasters
Hackettstown, NJ, United States
"I wrote this when I was struggling with alcohol addiction and depression. When I was in despair it was easier to tell everyone I was fine than to listen to ...
New York, NY, United States
"For "Poppy Fire Harvest," I wanted to follow the journey of the poppy – from its Mediterranean birthplace to how its processed and refined form has come to be part ...
North Plainfield, NJ, United States
"My poems “Addiction Riff” and “Maafa Trilogy,” focus on the impact that drug addiction has on families, and how it often tears families apart. In the poem “On Being Thirty-three,” ...
Astoria, NY, United States
BLOOD OATH I never resigned myself to being a junkie never put myself on the same level as the fiends in East Harlem where I live, that scurvy bunch selling their babies’ jewelry for ...
London, EN, United Kingdom
"It put a huge smile on my face seeing that you are working to create more awareness about drug use and addiction. I strongly believe that as a global community ...
Williamstown, NJ, United States
Detox Unit by Robert Henhaffer I work just beyond the shore line where nurses patrol the sand and pull the half floating bodies out of water. It’s a terrible thing to believe the world flat and want ...
Summit, NJ, United States
"Dear Brooke, I miss you. It is so difficult to act like it (losing you) is okay around people when it isn't okay at all. But until I can be with you, ...
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, United States
Thinking of You by Kelly Pearce Day by day and sometimes, Hour by hour My thoughts speak to you. What is in your mind And your heart And your soul, As you sit In your final moments Of life and ...
Montclair, NJ, United States
LIVING DEAD 2 THE EPIDEMIC YOU GOT TO OVERSTAND SHIT HAS GOTTEN OUT OF HAND DUDE THOUGHT HE SLICK GOT BUSTED IN HIS HEAD WITH A PIPE OR A STICK I'M THINKING ITS A ...