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More Than the Alley by Doug Draime
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it was amazing

"Draime's MORE THAN THE ALLEY is a gut-punch of a collection, as expected. As a contemporary of Bukowski, it isn't over-stating to say that he not only lived it, and knows it, he's one of the few who are still carrying the torch for the fierce and vibrant poetry of Los Angeles, and the West Coast scene of the late 60s through the 70s--a brand made famous by the LA Free Press. Draime's work is populated by such hard, bleak, desperate and haggard lives, each peppered with startling moments of tenderness, resignation, and naked humanity...the gospel according to a drunk, raving, wild-eyed skidrow shaman, a burning orchid in one hand, and a rusty strait razor in the other. It's a tremendous introduction to Draime's work, and for long-time fans, this book offers one of his tightest, and most focused batch of selections."
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