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An electrifying letter to family, country, and self, Unearth [The Flowers] is an essential collection, relentless in its journey through stages of grief and healing while celebrating life. Each poem is an anthem for resiliency, a testament to survival, a triumph over the stigmatized terror that pervades the everyday. Thea Matthews’s first full-length collection of poetry details a mind, body, and flower at the intersection of the personal and the political.

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LOVE IS THE DRUG & OTHER DARK POEMS

Red Light Lit’s debut poetry anthology explores love, relationships, sexuality, and gender—and the corporeal space they inhabit. Love Is the Drug & Other Dark Poems features the work of 33 poets and 8 artists, each revealing the raw spectrum of the human experience that is both familiar and intriguing, comforting and thrilling, startling and validating. These diverse voices express the complexities of intimacy and identity in our modern life.

 PRAISE

Love Is the Drug is so shimmering and personal. These little moments when we achieve, with the aid of another, some kind of sublime, and time and space sort of dissolve and we’re right where it feels we’re meant to live—those little moments are quick sparkles, these efforts to pin them down in poetry feel as sweaty and muscular, as desperate and full of passion, as the sex itself. Each one a little flare, a little death, an I was here.”

—MICHELLE TEA, author of Against Memoir and Black Wave

“Infinitely readable!”

—CARL ADAMSHICK, author of Saint Friend

“Within this book lives the profound work of pain turned into poetry, and that poetry, into power. These poems hold the best, most beautiful, brutal, sharp, and tender words of these wise and generous writers. My gratitude for their brilliance and generosity is endless. Elixir and companion, keep this book close. Let it leave your side only so that it may be shared with others.”

— REEMA ZAMAN, author of I Am Yours

“Poetry is my first love, and with this spectacular collection, I am reminded why. The aliveness I felt as I read each complex and unique piece in this book had me shaking my fist at the sky with knowing, had me tearing up, had me excited, had me heartbroken, had me undone. This book is the drug, this book is the love, this

book is life.”

—JENNIFER PASTILOFF, author of On Being Human

“In love, we are on drugs, and out of love we crave the next hit. Maybe that’s why there’s so much sugar in these pages, sweets and syrups employed as metaphor for what the Beloved withholds, the drug to set the lover free. Reader, prick up your ears! A choir of unruly, ardent, and embodied poems is singing.”

—LISA WELLS, author of The Fix

“Reader beware: These audacious, daring, often heartbreaking poems will shove love, with all its messy, unwieldy glory, in your face. This astonishing collection explores the underbelly of love from remarkably divergent perspectives. Yet each poet in some way posits the question: How can love survive in today’s world, with its high expectations and infinite distractions? These poems, and the edgy art that accompanies them, go a long way toward answering that question.”

—ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER, author of Junkie Wife

 

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Red Light Lit is a mashup of live music, photography, storytelling and poetry set to a live score. The performers explore love relationships, sexuality and gender.

Upcoming Events:

 

Red Light Lit's Valentine's Day Show

AT Pianofight in San Francisco

February 13th 7pm

Tickets $15 in advance $20 day of

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WITH JOSIAH JOHNSON

AT HARMON GUEST HOUSE IN HEALDSBURG

FEBRUARY 16TH AT 7PM

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Janne Robinson'S Book Release party

With Josiah jOhnSon

at Gold-Diggers in Los Angeles

February 19th at 7pm

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 Day Of 

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With Josiah Johnson

At Ace Hotel & Swim Club

in Palm Springs

February 20th at 9pm

FREE SHOW

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THEA MATTHEWS'S RELEASE PARTY

AT MILK BAR IN SAN FRANCISCO 

MARCH 20TH AT 7PM

FREE SHOW

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