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Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 6th 2018 by Philosophical Idiot
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Ben Arzate
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars

Ballpoint Penitentiary is an excellent poetry collection. Not only are most of the individual poems great, but as a coherent collection it tells a profound story of struggling with loss and everyday life. It's hilarious, entertaining, heart-wrenching, and hopeful all at once. There are a few forgettable poems, but the good ones far outweigh them. I highly recommend this, even to people who don't normally like poetry.
Geraldine
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one strange little book and I love it
Kendall
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More focused than ever, this book is Diehl's best work to date. It is both reflective and sorrowful.
David
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diehl has a rich and distinctive poetic voice, and I love the tender and dirty soul-song that runs through these. Reading is like hanging out with the poems, and I could do that all day.
Becca Longo
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book feels like a diary stolen from your weirdest friend who would probably kick your ass if they found out you read it. I think it's great!
Patricia
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What impresses me most about this book is that it's so relatable at times but also so personal. The author uses specific details about his own life, which adds a lot of unique flavor. Raw and straightforward. This book might not be for you if you're looking for something vague or lyrical.
Ted Prokash
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very cromulent collection. For a full review and definitions of obscure, possibly made-up (though not by me) words see: https://www.joylesshousepublishing.co...
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B. Diehl is the author of the poetry collections Ballpoint Penitentiary and Zeller’s Alley. His work has been published by Hobart, BOAAT Press, Literary Orphans, Words Dance, Maudlin House, CLASH Media, and other venues. He’s also one of two editors of Philosophical Idiot. When he's not writing, editing, or breathing in dust at his warehouse job, he's usually hanging out with his cats.
“I take out my iPhone
and open the app
for Google maps.

In the destination bar,
I type in your name.”
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