Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction and Recovery

Silent Screams: Poetic Journeys Through Addiction and Recovery is a powerful collection of poetry for anyone who has experienced addiction or had a loved one trapped in its throes. The contributors from this volume courageously share their journeys with addiction, including pain, suffering, and loss. Granger and Hoffman have collected a masterful collection of accessible poems and provided a framework for understanding how poetry can be part of the healing journey. Though some wounds never fully heal, this book will help readers continue their journey toward healing and growth.

Poetry and poetic language can create vivid pictures of experiences that elude communication in other ways. The pieces in this collection do just that, powerfully capturing both the pain of addiction and the hope of recovery. This book is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in working to facilitate change in the lives of those affected by substance misuse.

Justin Lincoln, PsyD
Psychologist, Peaks Recovery Centers

“In a dark time,” wrote the poet Theodore Roethke, “the eye begins to see.” These paeans to personal suffering and transformation born of addiction are themselves born of the hearts and minds of compatriots. This concise and lovely volume is a welcome offering from the literary fringes of our field—impassioned rejoinder to the normative channels of stimulus and response and the scholastic monotony that drove poor Nietzsche mad. Also moving is the overall aesthetic of the design and layout, a thing of refinement in itself. “Tragedy enlightens,” pondered Arthur Miller once upon a time . . .

Ed Mendelowitz, PhD
Faculty, Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.

All readers, regardless of their knowledge of addictions, can appreciate the authentic and creative voice in which the authors speak. This book is a prolific expression of the pain and suffering often connected to addictions, recovery, and relapse. The authors have used the “healing power of poetry” to provide readers with a mental model into the complexities involved in the world of addictions. This book offers hope and life through an “age old” method—the art of poetry.

Tiko Hardy LSW, PsyD
Newman University

Silent Screams: Poetic Journey Through Addiction and Recovery is a breathtaking collection of poems that traces the journey through the pain and resiliency found in people who experience addiction and discover a new lifelong mission of recovery. This book is highly recommended for anyone who seeks firsthand experience into the minds and souls of people in recovery. The poems contained within these pages add depth like no other has done. The reader’s mind is filled with vivid images that evoke what it feels like to be in the deepest parts of active addiction. The contrast between pain and meaning shows others there is hope and change is possible. Silent Screams portrays the human side of addiction and recovery for a world needing most to hear this message.

Michael J. Gargano, MSEd
Counselor, Loyola Recovery Foundation

With compassion and vision, Granger and Hoffman are able to poetically capture the journey of many affected by addiction and recovery.  “Covered in oil, feeling drained, attempting to lift my wings and fly away, my oil has been washed away and I can take off my mask.” The poetic journeys, so eloquently reminded me of places where my vision was lost and restored. This reading reminded me of visions and energy that restored my life. “The human capacity for strength and resilience has been captured, my mask will remain off.”

Lesia Wortham, BA, CACII- Certified Addiction Counselor II
Recovery Unlimited  LLC

Table of Contents

Foreword by Laura Gundy
Preface by Gary Forrest
Introduction by Nathaniel Granger, Jr. & Louis Hoffman    

Poems: Journeying Through    

Why Maury and I Go to the Methadone Clinic Book Club by Sarah Shotland
Trying to Be Alcoholic by Ann Cefola
Observed by Sparrows by Cynthia Rosi
Observed by Sparrows, Response (Image) by Sofia Rosi
Buying Gum at 2:30 by Nathaniel Granger, Jr.
Vials by Richard Bargdill
Tempest (Image) by Richard Bargdill
Clouds by Nathaniel Granger, Jr.
The Bar by Jon Vreeland
No Sympathies for a City by Richard Bargdill
Gold Tipped Feathers Hanging from the Heavens by Gina Subia Belton
Dear Addiction by Delaquaze Herbert
Animal by Amanda Stephan
Milkshakes and Chilidogs by Bartholomew Barker
Downfall by Amanda Stephan
Vide Verre by Richard Bargdill
Dripping (Image) by Richard Bargdill
The Door by John E. Steele
Anger by Amanda Stephan
For Filo by Sarah Shotland
Monday Morning by Eileen Malone
Om Behind Bars (Image) by Juliet Rohde-Brown
Butterfly by Kelly Bargabos
Obsession by Andrea Potos
Fire Starter by Amanda Stephan
Molton (Image) by Richard Bargdill
Some Other Me by Nathaniel Granger, Jr.
The Journey of Addiction by Damon Taylor
In the Void by Norman A. Magnus
Here I Stand by Geoffrey S. Browning
Revelation by Delaquaze Herbert   
Silent Scream by Nathaniel Granger, Jr.

Poems: Journeying With   

The First Night of My Son’s Rehab by Judith Waller Carroll
Empty by Jennifer Lagier
Vigil by Michael Coolen
To My Brother by Sarah Cooper
Dinner with the Demon by Ellaraine Lockie
How to Love You by Louis Hoffman
Knowing the Difference (Image) by Juliet Rohde-Brown
Addict by M. S. Rooney       
On Learning That My Daughter’s Rapist Has Been Taught to Write a Poem by Katharyn Howd Machan
Gravity & Other Forces by Sarah Cooper
Sorry by Zainab Ummer Farook
Dragon by Katherine DiBella Seluja
Snow by Katharyn Howd Machan    
Heroinwhite (Image) by Richard Bargdill
Consumed by Sofia L. Taylor
Separation-Individuation Theory by Marissa Glover
The Mix (Image) by Jyl Anais Ion
by Katharyn Howd Machan
Telephone, 4 a.m. by Katherine DiBella Seluja
Helping Hand by Katrina Lynn Sczesny
Relapse by Nicole V. Basta
Delirium Tremens by Katherine DiBella Seluja
Madness by Carolina Borens
How Not to Write a Poem by Katharyn Howd Machan
Letter to a Friend by Louis Hoffman     

About the Editors