Aristotle believed that writing poetry allowed people "to transform their problems into power and their sadness into strength."
This is what we hope writing poems for this anthology did for the courageous individuals who submitted their work. Work that is raw, authentic, and deeply personal; giving voice not only to their pain, but delving into their dark side, or humorous side, or bright side, and presenting their beautiful imperfect selves to us all. Because only in this way-when we dare to share our most honest and vulnerable selves-can we transform our problems and find some semblance of self-love and acceptance. Something we all need, as the New York Times recently reported that opiates are now the number one killer of Americans under the age of fifty.
We hope you too will find peace within the pages of this book as you enter the world of addiction and redemption through each of these brave and heroic poets.