Plain China

Jonesing

by Tyrek Greene · Wheaton College
"Radioactive Beach Hypothesis Illustration", Elly Call · Virginia Commonwealth University

and isn’t it crazy how cocaine ate through my family

like vultures? the powder dances in both my grandfathers’

noses. mr. greene fell in love in Baltimore, st. paul’s and north;

back then, treating your nose was like memory;

now, the zombies tightrope the empty carcass of a city

i call second home like the second mother my father had

and hated. mr. woods disappeared and left behind only a picture

of him holding a sunrise upwards on a peddle bike. that freebase hit

and they were gone just like the unc’s in Lexington Market.

and isnt it crazy how Chris and i lock ourselves in the rib cage

of this townhome for hours, high and horny? isn’t it crazy, this poem

could be just a footnote in another book?

About the Author

Tyrek Greene · Wheaton College

Tyrek Greene has performed in venues such as The Apollo, The New Amsterdam Theater, and numerous colleges across the country. Currently, he teaches English at the high school level in Baltimore City. In 2014, his first book, Dawn, was published by Evolution NYC. "Jonesing" first appeared in Rushlight

About the Artist

Elly Call · Virginia Commonwealth University

Elly Call is a Richmond-based illustrator and writer.  Her work has appeared in Emanata, Poictesme, Amendment, and the webcomic Aubergine In Hell. Her image first appeared in Poictesme