Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Poems

Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Poems

by Jesse-Ray Lewis

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Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Poems by Jesse-Ray Lewis

The words are sometimes harsh and the visualizations raw, but they are reality for Jesse-Ray Lewis who grew up in Appalachia surrounded by violence, drug dealing, and addiction. He entered foster care at age 12 and aged out of the system in 2016 at age 18. His poems rise up out of that shattered childhood as a quest for answers and a search for a new beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608081943
Publisher: WriteLife Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Hillbilly Drug Baby , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 70
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jesse-Ray Lewis is the product of a drug-filled childhood, an absent mother, a father who was indifferent at best, and a school system that failed to properly educate him. Having entered foster care at age 12 and then becoming "aged out" of the system in 2016, he was ill equipped to deal with everyday life.

At 19, he walked away from a sordid milieu of gangs and violence and---after a stint of living in an abandoned house and sleeping under a tree---sought food and shelter from strangers in a small Appalachian town.

As he says in his poem Turning Point,
I fought all my life to survive.
I survived.
Now I’m awake."


To maintain his sanity while trying to establish a stable footing, he began writing his experience of his life in poetry.

Table of Contents

1 Meth Baby Crack Baby 1

2 Seven and Seven 7

3 Comfort Food 9

4 Home Fights 11

5 Irony of Childhood 13

6 Running in Place 15

7 Pain 17

8 Torment 19

9 Mental War 21

10 Zach 23

11 Portrait of Two Fathers 25

12 Hal Doesn't Want Me to Say Muh-Fuckah 27

13 Demons 31

14 The Casket 33

15 Blue 35

16 Blood 37

17 Death of a Loved One 39

18 A Good Man 43

19 First Love 45

20 Anticipation from another State 47

21 Purple 49

22 Happy 51

23 Utterances from the Present 53

24 Jail, spring 2017 55

25 Trust 59

26 Origins 61

27 Regrets 63

28 Doesn't Add Up 65

29 Indecision 67

30 Depression 69

31 Forgive Me 71

32 Walking 75

33 Turning Point 79

34 On Being Fired from the Union Mission 81

About the Author 83

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