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“Tweaking and Geeking, Just Having Some Fun”: An Analysis of Methamphetamine Poems
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
  • Rocky L. Sexton, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Robert G. Carlson, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Carl G. Leukefeld
  • Brenda M. Booth
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
9-1-2010
Abstract
There 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.
DOI
10.1080/02791072.2010.10400700
Citation Information
Rocky 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
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_carlson/1/