“Tweaking and Geeking, Just Having Some Fun”: An Analysis of Methamphetamine PoemsJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
AbstractThere is a body of methamphetamine-themed poetry that speaks regretfully of the highly negative experiences of those in recovery from methamphetamine (MA) addiction or who feel trapped in an MA-using lifestyle. During ethnographic research in western Kentucky, the author collected two MA-themed poems from active MA users that differ from other MA poetry. They describe misadventures that occur during MA “binges.” However, the text and tone of the poems are comically ironic and represent optimism rather than regret toward MA use. Analyzing these poems provide valuable insights into local patterns of MA use, related terminology, and attitudes toward MA use.
Citation InformationRocky L. Sexton, Robert G. Carlson, Carl G. Leukefeld and Brenda M. Booth. "“Tweaking and Geeking, Just Having Some Fun”: An Analysis of Methamphetamine Poems" Journal of Psychoactive Drugs Vol. 42 Iss. 3 (2010) p. 377 - 383 ISSN: 02791072
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