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#20, 1993

1619 Jefferson St.
Duluth MN, 55812

52 pp., $5.95

The bleak and unpretty side of life (& death), spelled out in details of individual lives. Narrative poems about real folks: kids stage a neighborhood war with apples & rocks; a guy watches a whore & her john in the back alley; a Navy nurse cracks up during Desert Storm... The craft is in telling the story, and in not letting the telling get in the way. Not gussied up, but somehow compassionate, even inspirational, despite the hard-bitten surface.--luigi

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #4,
Copyright Burning Press 1994, 1995.

Contact the editor, luigi-bob drake, at Burning Press