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Guernica Editions, Fall 2015
168 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771830171
ISBN10: 1771830174
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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Using the poetry of the people and the language of the streets, Gil Fagiani brings to life the world of addiction and treatment -- with the tumultuous 1960s as background. Fagiani tells the story of Logos, a heroin treatment center in South Bronx -- not as an outsider but as one of the residents seeking to escape his own addiction. Both harsh and hard-hitting, Fagiani doesn't hold back in presenting the bitter truths as well as the glimpses of hope shared not just by addicts but by all humans in times of crisis. Lessons that have served him well in life.
On a muggy / fly-filled day / inside a courtyard / reeking of diapers, / mice-filled glue traps. / take-out tins of rice and beans, / he stands behind a long line / of sick junkies / until it's his turn / to push his last ten-dollar bill / through a hole in the wall, / convinced / a dynamite sack of dope / is going to be pushed back.

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