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Gray Air: Poems From Prison, 1983-1999 Paperback – 1999


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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Hill Publications (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891812157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891812156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,099,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dwight on January 6, 2004
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Hayden Carruth's review of "Christopher" Presfield's "Gray Air..." is both insightful and amusing.
Granted, Mr. Presfield is a somewhat talented poet. His IQ is far greater than the norm. The fact is, had he chosen to persue a more constructive life, the sky might have been the limit. Alas, he chose otherwise.
At the age of 13 he decided that breaking into pinball machines and stealing nickles in Harrison, Arkansas was the thing to do. Haven't quite figured out why. Guess he just needed some nickles.
Rather than learning from his mistake, he chose to expand on his endeavors. Burglaries, drugs (using and dealing), auto theft (his own father's car}, and on and on.
His father actually cried on my shoulder on two occasions, wondering what he, as a father, must have done wrong in raising him. The fact is, he had done nothing wrong.
Frank, his dad, was driven to a far too early grave due to "Christopher's" exploits.
Mr. Carruth's review was written on January 31, 1999. In January of 2002 "Christopher" presented himself at my doorstep, after having been "in recovery" for the past six years (9 years by that time). His purpose? He needed a hundred bucks to get back to San Diego, from Las Vegas, so that he wouldn't be in violation of his parole. I gave it to him and he proceeded to go downtown, gamble it away, head south towards Kingman, AZ, and wreck his car. He had the gall to call his mother back in Arkansas and ask her to ask me to send him another $500.00. Quite a guy!!
His mother was financially solvent upon the death of his father. He begged her for money to pay for lawyers. She sold the largest portion of her property to enable him, to no avail. She hocked her car, to no avail.
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