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A Crack Study? Never Again

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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here.

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Takeesha: Hunts Point, Bronx. Courtesy of Chris Arnade.

One time I did this crack
Study for $2500,
Saw it on the train.
The building and the rock
Pristine Colo(u)mbian.
Never had any shit that good
In my life:
Small but potent,

Crack,
It’s psychological. They did me up
And down
In the head for days. No one told me
About the dance of the razors:

Hell no they ain’t doing
That to me

Again in their hospital
Chapel of
Help

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Here, an example of what she means.
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Cassie Rodenberg About the Author: I write on culture, poverty, addiction, and mental illness: I explore things we like to ignore. I also teach public school in New York City's South Bronx. Follow on Twitter @cassierodenberg.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. tuned 10:42 am 01/31/2014

    Hard drug usage should never be romanticized, not even with poetry.
    There is no good side to addiction.

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  2. 2. Spironis 10:50 am 01/31/2014

    The War on Drugs will be won when MIA are replaced by KIA. We begin by removing Afghani poppy fields from the equation. If only we could find them and their product distribution choke points. Perhaps they are in Afghanistan, at the bottom of the To Do list.

    Let’s have some real blood! Set the IRS upon unreported income.

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