Shame and the Slow Dance with Fear

An Essay touching on addiction, poetry, and sexuality for The Puritan’s Town Crier – a series on Writing about the Living  – curated by writer Lauren Davis

“And yet at the same time, I invoked the muse of a former girlfriend, with whom I am still very close. Because of the shifting roles of the speakers and the stigma of the topic, the “characters” go nameless and somewhat genderless. The collision of fantasy and fear is something that came naturally. In retrospect, there is incredible freedom in the fluidity of invoking, becoming, or making an amalgamation of the muse in order to barrel the art forward.”