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Albert Huffstickler:

Press of Circumstance
312 E. 43rd St. #103
Austin TX, 78751

36 pp., $6.00

This collection of poetry started badly for me; with a rhymey ballad about the absence of a "place to ease your pain/ in the City of the Rain." The next poem concerned a rain that made the poet want to scream (his description) because it "was my loneliness and disenchantment." But then came some highly effective barroom slices of life in the bitter-sweet Bukowski mode that redeemed the book.--Bob Grumman

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #5,
Copyright Burning Press 1994, 1996.

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