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Those Godawful Streets of Man by Stephen Bett Book Preview

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“This is an edgy, raw, harsh, gritty book about the contemporary cityscape—its block buildings; its loose, naked, spitting live wires; its plugged-in populace. A place where Borderliners, leeches, zombies, and drains fight it out over a man and a woman locked in a death grip.” Praise for Track This by Stephen Bett Bett’s poetry are offerings: they expose themselves like nude paintings, providing only the essentials and inviting the reader to extrapolate interpretation based on the subjective reading. This is authentic minimalist poetry. The words are so modestly beautiful in their arrangement upon the white page while showing an emotional intelligence within the micro-text. Poetic minimalism is notoriously difficult to master, especially on a topic as complex as human relationships. Yet [this work] manipulates the sparse format so aptly that the outcome is a poignant expression of the tensions that exist between two people. At times, the collection demonstrates the understated gentleness of the English language with a human voice that makes the poetry so accessible to the layperson (while it beckons multiple readings from the widely read). To satisfy both types of readers is an incredible accomplishment. —REM magazine, New Zealand You are on what first nations call a vision quest. Track the process and trust the signs. Look for totems. All decisions must come from the biggest part of yourself...in the epic form… of books you are living. ―Michael Kenyon (poet, novelist, editor) Stephen Bett has had fifteen previous books of poetry published: Breathing Arizona: A Journal (Ekstasis Editions, 2014); Penny-Ante Poems (Ekstasis Editions, 2013); Sound Off: a book of jazz (Thistledown Press, 2013); Re-Positioning (Ekstasis Editions, 2011); Track This: a book of relationship (BlazeVOX Books, 2010); S PLIT (Ekstasis Editions, 2009); Extreme Positions: the soft-porn industry Exposed (Spuyten Duyvil Books, 2009); Sass ’n Pass (Ekstasis Editions, 2008); Three Women (Ekstasis Editions, 2006); Nota Bene Poems: A Journey (Ekstasis Editions, 2005); Trader Poets (Frog Hollow Press, 2003); High-Maintenance (Ekstasis Editions, 2003); High Design Refit (Greenboathouse Books, 2002); Cruise Control (Ekstasis Editions, 1996); Lucy Kent and other poems (Longspoon Press, 1983). His work has also appeared in over 100 literary journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland, as well as in three anthologies, and on radio. His “personal papers” have been purchased by the Simon Fraser University Library, and are, on an ongoing basis, being archived in their “Contemporary Literature Collection” for current and future scholarly interest. He lives in Vancouver. For reviews of his books, please see stephenbett.com Book Information: · Paperback: 112 pages
 · Binding: Perfect-Bound
 · Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 
 · ISBN: 978-1-60964-200-6 $16 Pre-Orders Welcome
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    T HOSE G ODAWFUL S TREETS OF M AN : A   B OOK O F R  AW W IRE I N T HE C ITY  S TEPHEN B ETT   B L A Z E V O X [ B O O K S ] Buffalo, New York  Those Godawful Streets of Man by Stephen Bett Copyright © 2015 Published by BlazeVOX [books] All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission, except for brief quotations in reviews. Printed in the United States of America Interior design and typesetting by Geoffrey Gatza First Edition ISBN: 978-1-60964-200-6 Library of Congress Control Number: 2014956311 BlazeVOX [books] 131 Euclid Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 Editor@blazevox.org  p ublisher of weird little books   BlazeVOX [ books ] blazevox.org   21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10      B l a z e V O X   
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