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—William Burroughs,
The Elvis of Letters

YOUR DOG DIES [redacted]

it gets run over by a va--

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Review: Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
As spare as they are, most of Carver's short stories strike me as a bit long-winded. Not so his poetry, which treat his usual themes--alcoholism, working-class poverty, and rocky relationships--with greater wit and vigor than his prose. The essays will be of interest to would-be writers and Carver biographers, but what makes this book outstanding is the 60 pages of poetry which comprise its heart.

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