Drunks and Other Celebrations of Recovery is the author's legacy to the people who saved his life. John X is a pseudonym and is necessary because many of the pieces deal with the poet's personal experiences in Alcoholics Anonymous. He has great respect for AA's anonymity traditions. John X's poem "Drunks" has gone around the world on Recovery websites. Drunks and Other Celebrations of Recovery is a powerful work that can sit on poetry shelves and recovery shelves with equal force.