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Category Archives: Cocaine

Chapo Guzman’s Guest

I don’t know where I am. Maybe New York. It doesn’t matter. I can’t see anything but frosted glass and can’t talk to other prisoners. I only get out of my cell an hour a day and sometimes am so lonely and depressed I almost enjoy it when guards call me shorty or cabrón or […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Donald Trump, Heroin, Immigration, Mexico

Against the Wall

Waving for his aide to sit down, the dapper man in Los Pinos squeezed a phone and dialed about twenty numbers, waiting while the White House phone rang. “Hello,” said a woman. “This is President Peña Nieto. Who’s this?” “Melania.” “Please let me speak to President Trump.” “What country are you from?” “Mexico.” “Oh, you’re […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Drugs, Enrique Pena Nieto, Immigration, Melania Trump, Murder

In Sonny’s House

Late on the second to last night of nineteen seventy, unsatisfactorily loaded on wine and wanting something stronger, I drive for the first time to the fine Las Vegas house of my dealer and knock. We usually hook up at the casinos on the strip or tough bars on the west side of town. I […]

Also posted in Boxing, Heroin, Las Vegas, Sonny Liston

Bad Deal

Sick drinking at home I drive to the only place they’ll have me. “Who’s there?” “Phil,” I say. “Phil?” “Come on. Open up.” Some guy I haven’t seen cracks the door and says, “Be cool.” “Where’s Kevin?” “You a cop?” “No.” “What do you want?” “I got two hundred bucks.” He opens the door to […]

Also posted in Alcohol

Marvin Gaye to his Father

Dear Father, Why do you beat me so? I’m your son and love listening to your inspired sermons and beautiful singing and know someday you’ll be more than a lay preacher. Most of all I enjoy being with you and hoping someday you’ll be proud of me. I know you will. You’ll hug me, and […]

Also posted in Berry Gordy, Detroit, Divorce, Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye, Mental Health, Motown, Murder, Music

The Rogers Brothers – Triumph and Tragedy

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Alcohol, Depression, Donald Rogers, Football, Reggie Rogers

The History Teacher

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Drugs, Education, Prostitution, Sex, Slavery

King of the Pimps

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Dennis Hof, Drugs, Nevada, Pimps, Prostitution, Sex, Slavery

Getting the Girls

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in AIDS, Drugs, Los Angeles, Siege of Vicksburg, Slavery

Gypsies in Madrid

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Drugs, English, George Thomas Clark, Gypsies, Heroin, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Marijuana, Poverty, Racism, Spain, Theft

Lamar Odom to the Hoop

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Alcohol, Basketball, Depression, Lamar Odom, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Marijuana, Mental Health, Nicotine, Prostitution

Dear Friends

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Alcohol, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Drugs, Economics, Friendship, Marriage

Head on Rim

I was a newspaper correspondent in the summer of 1979 and assigned to go to a dormitory across the American River from Sacramento State University and get a story about any of the athletes preparing to compete the next day in the Golden West Invitational track meet for high school all stars. A meet official […]

Also posted in A'Darius Pegues, Basketball, Facebook, George Thomas Clark, Kansas, Modesto, Track & Field, Tyke Peacock

James Garner Mellows Out

I know people think I’m confident and easygoing and maybe I am, now, as an adult but as a kid in Norman, Oklahoma I was scared a lot especially after my mother died and my dad married a horrible woman who beat hell out of my two brothers and me and sometimes made me wear […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Games Garner, John Belushi, Marijuana, Movies, Television

Interview with Chapo

I’m a young reporter and delighted to be first to interview Chapo Guzman in his new cell at Altiplano, in the state of Mexico. I’ve met some celebrities but never such a big star. I imagine he must be pretty sad and discouraged living in a prison that has proven impregnable. Walls three feet thick […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Drugs, Mexico, Murder

Free Chapo Guzman

No one paid us. No one gave us food or alcohol. No one told us to march in the streets of Culiacan. We marched and carried signs with hundreds maybe thousands of others because we love Chapo Guzman and want him freed from prison immediately. Chapo is our hero. He creates jobs and gives money […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Drugs, Mexico, Murder

Prime Real Estate

Come on in. This Tijuana home may be modest but it’s yours for a tenth you’d pay in San Diego. Now, step back here and check out the kitchen. You won’t have to go out front or back doors. Leave through this fine tunnel and relax in the little rail car rolling seven hundred yards […]

Also posted in Drugs, Marijuana, Mexico, San Diego, Short Pieces - GTC, Tijuana

Another Rogers Family Tragedy – Reggie Dies

This book is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Donald Rogers, Drugs, Football, Reggie Rogers, Sacramento, UCLA

Letter to Oscar de la Hoya

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in AA, Alcohol, Boxing, Oscar de la Hoya

Joe Louis Rebuffs Jack Johnson

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis

The Hector Camacho Experience

I’m only fifteen but in jail and then out I can’t slow down and don’t want to everything’s moving so fast I have to fight fuck dance and talk and I love speeding in stolen cars and taking other things and get more excited in the ring. I’m so much quicker than opponents I belt […]

Also posted in Boxing, Crime, Drugs, Hector Camacho, Julio Cesar Chavez, Murder, New York City, Oscar de la Hoya, Puerto Rico, Ray Leonard

Cocaine Budget

Prudent buyers know coke’s twenty-two hundred a kilo after harvest in Colombia, five grand in northern port of Cartagena, ten grand in violent Honduras, twelve in exotic Oaxaca, sixteen in Ciudad Juarez war zone, twenty-four in Dallas, home of America’s team, and twenty-seven thousand in New York City, where housing’s also damned expensive.

Also posted in Ciudad Juarez, Colombia, Dallas, Drugs, Honduras, New York City, Short Pieces - GTC

Taxi Ride

Drunk American lumbers into Tijuana taxi and in Spanish asks for señoritas and marijuana. Fine, says cabbie. Few minutes later American admits he really wants cocaine. Cabbie reminds that’s not what said then silently drives way out and says here’s best place for you. American enters and thinks goddamn guy dropping me where there’s only […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Mexico, Short Pieces - GTC

Freudian Advice

Sigmund Freud occasionally injected small amounts of cocaine under skin and effused it magically cured depression and induced euphoria while giving strength and endurance of ox. Believing delights caused “absolutely no craving” he wanted to share with fiancée he warned would soon kiss quite “red” to prove “big man with cocaine in body” is stronger […]

Also posted in Drugs, Mental Health, PBS, Short Pieces - GTC, Sigmund Freud

“La india” of Abraham Angel

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” To see “La india,” 1923, by Abraham Angel, please click here.

Also posted in Abraham Angel, Art, Drugs, Homosexuals, Mental Health, Painters, Poetry - GTC, Suicide

President Chapo Guzman

Come on. Admit it. You keep having to Google “new Mexican president” because you can’t remember Enrique Pena Nieto. He’s handsome but like generic model and smooth but so’s oily auto part. You know he represents old guard PRI that ruled dictatorially for decades, spoon feeding wealthy while ignoring poor. Trust me, Enrique Pena Nieto […]

Also posted in Chapo Guzman, Crime, Drugs, Enrique Pena Nieto, Methamphetamine, Mexico, Murder

Bobby Brown – The Whole Truth

Before presenting what Bobby Brown allegedly said and did, I must explain this book was originally conceived as an autobiography and author Derrick Handspike, according to his account, hung out with and interviewed the singer for a year, diligently wrote the book, and later squirmed as Brown and his advisers delayed final preparations for publication. […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bobby Brown, Drugs, Families, Heroin, Marriage, Music, Whitney Houston

Reviving Whitney Houston

Only in quite rare cases am I permitted to intervene retroactively and attempt to salvage lives of those recently deceased. Heretofore my efforts, results of which cannot be discussed, focused on people unknown to the public but intimate with some of your neighbors. In this instance, I was summoned not merely to recall the decedent […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bobby Brown, Drugs, Music, Whitney Houston

Hot Rock

hot rock lungs tattoo brain To read other poems and features about cocaine, please click here

Also posted in Drugs, Mental Health, Pigs - Oscar

Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

remember one beautiful as whitney houston who made star spangled banner soar and moved heaven singing i’ll always love you may harbor soul broken as man in gutter and seek relief same way To watch Whitney Houston sing the National Anthem before the 1991 Super Bowl, please click here

Also posted in Alcohol, Bobby Brown, Drugs, Mental Health, Music, Whitney Houston

Baby Food

mother grabs baby food jar on counter empties food rinses inside top back on knifes two holes then puts torn match book cover around hollow pen shaft shoving in smaller hole burns and cuts copper scrubber into other hole ready for rock soon ablaze

Also posted in Drugs, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC

Tijuana Taxi Ride

american drunk in tijuana night lumbers into taxi and in spanish asks for senoritas and marijuana fine says cabbie few minutes later american admits really wants cocaine cabbie reminds not what said then silently drives way out and says here’s best place for you american enters and thinks goddamn that guy dropping me where there’s […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Drugs, Mental Health, Mexico, Poetry - GTC, Tijuana

Rocks Afire

smoldering rocks burning white smoke me till you can’t

Also posted in Depression, Drugs, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC

A Book about the Rogers Family

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Alcohol, Depression, Donald Rogers, Drugs, Football, Mental Health, Reggie Rogers

Triumph and Tragedy

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Alcohol, Donald Rogers, Drugs, Football, George Thomas Clark, Mental Health, Reggie Rogers