Thursday, April 23, 2015
Twenty-One, by Peter Culley (Oolichan, 1980)

Found a copy of this incredibly rare book, Pete's first, in Literacy Nanaimo on my birthday, years ago.  Pete apparently disowned it shortly after publication but several of us read from it last week at his PFB wake.  I read "Gin & Lime" at Land Speed Record volume & tempo, a choice partially dictated by anxiety (big crowd!), partially by respect for its strange mixture of fury & dark humor, totally unlike anything else Pete ever wrote, possibly excepting Parkway's "MAX POWER," & partially by repeat applications of that infamous "sour, sweet English drink."

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