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Anatomy of an Overdose

by RJ Walker

  • This book contains 13 poems detailing an EMT's experience with overdose victims. Each poem is specific to the drug the victim took. This book of poetry is as entertaining as it is haunting. Free album track with purchase. Featuring the cover art of Chris Bodily.

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    The poem titled, Lub Dub is very much considered part of this collection. However, it can only be truly delivered on a stage. Here is a link to the video.

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The Heroin 03:17
GHB 02:55
Cracked 04:36
How to Hold 02:10
"I Do" 03:41
Come On Pen 02:08
Come On Pen by RJ Walker Go pen! Fly! Up up and away pen! Come on Pen. Come on Pen, you got this. Move goddammit. I need you to do something. There is a boy bleeding to death in my arms and we are locked in the back of an ambulance. I need you to write me a key or at least a crowbar or something. Just write me something. Something I can use. Get these emergencies out of me. Come on Pen, hustle goddamit. Write me a dialysis machine to scrub all this nightmare out of my blood. Become a needle. Become a shovel Dig these corpses out of me. Just fucking do something! Behind my eyes there is a 15 year old girl named Helpless she is overdosing on anti-depressants and playing with her dead dog in a room that looks an awful lot like mine and this ambulance isn’t fast enough so write me an Engine that runs on Jesus. Write me a Jesus that doesn’t run on death and taxes. Write me a chest that isn’t shaped like a prison for my heart. Get it out. Get them out. These kids with cancer kids with guns kids with dead parents. I can’t do this by myself. It makes my hands feel like a stabbing victim. Goddammit Pen. Why are you so fucking useless. Why can’t you write haunted houses into bounce houses. Why can’t you fix anything. No matter how hard you try, no matter what you write or how loud Gunshots don't sound like piano keys, the tanks never run out of gas, and bombs still turn people into firewood. All you do is dance like a drunk phlebotomist and bleed pretty all over the corpses of trees. Just do something useful for once! Do something! And my Pen said this poem right back to me. Come on, RJ Do something.


Anatomy of an overdose was written by an EMT. Detailing each different type of overdose patient he has had. Each poem is structured and phrased in a manner that best expresses the overdose occuring within it. The overdoses (not in this order,) are...

Gammahydroxybutric acid
Crystal methamphetamine
Crack Cocaine
Monosodium glucamate
Bath Salts
Anabolic Steroids

and ecstasy.


released April 13, 2013

Poetry by RJ Walker
All background music used is within the public domain
Artwork by Chris Bodily. www.hatrobot.com


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RJ Walker Salt Lake City, Utah

RJ Walker is a Professional Presenter and Spoken Word artist on Salt Lake City, Utah. "What's a spoken word artist?" you may be thinking. Well, RJ Walker is proficient in multiple mediums of spoken word. Voice Over, Voice Acting, Creative Writing, Storytelling, Stand-Up Comedy, Performance (slam) Poetry. He also has experience as a Pitch Artist, and Product Demonstrator. ... more

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