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Dead Skunk Logo: round logo of a white skunk silhouette on a black background with the words “Dead Skunk” in cursive. “Dead” is neon purple and “Skunk” is neon yellow.

Recovery is a bed

long as any hallway

you crawl on your back

in search of a door.

Recovery is a blood

grenade, you pull the pin

out and in, out and in,

pray it never blows.

Recovery is a brood

of windows, of whens,

of agains, of agains,

of pills that tick and tock.

Recovery is a blight

of blessings, of well-wishings,

you must open your mouth

to the spoon of care.

Recovery is a bed

of roses; you are buried under,

you must transpire up

through root, stem, thorn.

Recovery is a bloom

of pain, of purpose, of petals

you lose and don't get back;

then light on leaves again.

Recovery is a boat

tossing on the sea

in the wake you will wake

and be a kind of free.



Corinna Schulenburg

Author Bio: Corinna Schulenburg (she/her) is a queer trans artist/activist committed to ensemble practice and social justice. She’s a mother, a playwright, a poet, and a Creative Partner of Flux Theatre Ensemble. Poems in: Arachne Press, Beaver Magazine, Capsule Stories, Lost Pilots, Long Con, LUPERCALIA Press, miniskirt magazine, Moist, Moonflake Press, Moss Puppy, Oroboro, Pastel Pastoral, Poet Lore, SHIFT, The Shore, The Westchester Review, and more.

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