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Bum Town Paperback – April 7, 2001

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In a gruffly lyrical remembrance of his late father, Fitzpatrick, an artist as well as a poet, cruises the scruffy streets of Chicago's South Side. "Muscle of light," the first line in the first poem, conveys the vibrant physicality of both his writing and his visual art. His terse and rhythmic poems are paced to streetlights and potholes and the teasing conversation of his father's ghost as he pilots his Oldsmobile through the flat-out ugly city where romance blooms as stubbornly as wildflowers in asphalt, and sorrow pools in every corner. Fitzpatrick's flinty yet sensual terrain is built with stockyard blood, factory sweat, rain-glistened iron, baseball cheers, guzzled beer, climbing smoke, "used cars and short skirts," the tawdry and the poignant, the weak and the heroic. And his drawings and etchings--as densely graphic and pulp-mysterious as tabloid pages or handmade posters slapped on abandoned buildings--ride the tracks of his bluesy poems like train cars in the night. Donna Seaman
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"His relationship with his world - which is the past, present and, indeed, the future Chicago - remains passionately and disturbingly real." -- Chicago Tribune Magazine

"Tony Fitzpatrick's poem is as deeply moving a tribute to a father as I've read in a long time." -- Studs Terkel

Along 115th Street
As I Fall Asleep
As We Drive By
The Dead Still Walk
From 79th Street, Southworks Flexed Its
In The Scrap Lots
On The 4th Of July
There Is Birth
There Is Death
The White-haired Poet Said
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Tia Chucha; 1 edition (April 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882688252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882688258
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By El Mort on August 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
In the short and sweet, Mistah Fitz puts a world there before your eyes that exists, existed and will exist again. His Chicago and the one of his father exists and always will, it's changed a bit, but he got the gist of it here as it was, and his art gives the words the framing that a masterpiece requires, to put best though, and in a manner more befitting, this d*mn thing is friggin' awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLS on March 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book of narrative poetry is beautifully written, evokes unforgettable scenes of Chicago to those who know the city well, and the accompanying art (also done by Tony Fitzpatrick) is amazing. I loved this book.
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