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A Fast Life by Tim Dlugos
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Jul 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Read in July, 2011

Today I had the old school pleasure of finding this book face out in a quaint bricks and mortar retail environment. (OK, it was Powell’s. Hi, Kevin! You and the crew and the poetry face outs you keep doing on primo eyelevel shelf space all rock.) Nightboat’s been doing fascinating work of its own for the last 8 years, and their Dlugos was born for face outs, with a heft and a font and a good paper stock that leaves that last crop of print-on-demand contest winners Amazon free-shipped you in the dust. 400+ pages of Dlugos, who died at just 40, seems like a lot, and there’s maybe a little glint that gets lost when a small press legend blinks inside the carapace of a Collected. But I’d rather that than the alternative of no face at all, with no bricks and mortar to lift up the legend for you to find on a Friday and hold.
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