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sTim Shepherd:

Drew Blood Press Ltd.
3410 First St
Riverside CA, 92501

21 pp., $2.00

This chapbook, first published in 1990, was perhaps a pioneer of the sadly growing list of "AIDS memorial" chapbooks. As such, it doesn't have a lot of lilting language, melodious rhymings or crafted imagery. It does have anger, profanity, and a wrenching, tangible sense of loss and bitterness. Some of Shepherd's poems come off as hopelessly melancholy; others unnecessarily foul-mouthed; and some as on-target with a profound sense of grief. Not overly poetic; but undeniable work for those interested in a reality dose of what a real AIDS death means to those left behind.--Roger-Kyle Keith

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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