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Menthol Slim One-Twenty Blues: A Review

I love WALTER BECK: poet, POLARI writer, LGBT activist. Part Hunter S. Thompson, part rock and rolla in Amish country and all around literary revolutionary. Indiana: be proud. We need him.
 Readers of the AMONG THE LEAVES: QUEER MALE POETS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCEanthology will undoubtedly remember his provocative work as well as WRITING KNIGHTS PRESS' readers. I recently spent my birthday catching up with some reading including Beck's new poetry chapbook
MENTHOL SLIM ONE-TWENTY BLUES.

 Of course it's brilliant and even, at times, funny (Customer Portraits) take on American life and politics loaded with razor sharp observations. America: be proud.
We are forgetting how to live And slouching towards existence.
he warns in How the Story Ends. I really enjoyed his Old Skin Transformation:
I miss the guys, The bars, the protests,  The pickets, the press, The booze and the action,
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I miss this storied past, Only because it used to be The present.
This is blue collar life skewer…