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poetry about the darkness and the light of addiction and recovery,
This review is from: Time Bomb Snooze Alarm (Paperback)
Bucky Sinister's previous book of poetry, "All Blacked And Nowhere To Go," stared directly and honestly (gallow's humor et al) into the darkness which surrounded his decades-long problems with alcohol and drugs. It was a heartening to fans of his work that he sought help for his addictions, and went on to produce two non-fiction books about recovery and sobriety.
Sinister's latest book of poetry, "Time Bomb Snooze Alarm," stands a monument to the journey that Sinister has gone on, and dips deeply & honestly into both sides of his story. There are ample poems showcasing his experiences as an addict, and like Sinister's previous work, they are equal parts harrowing and absurd: the addict who tattoos his own hand on his chest so he can still give cops the finger when they arrest his shirtless; the months Sinister was assumed dead when another addict also named Bucky dies instead of him; the tales of former meth heads going to the dentist. Sinister is able to see the comedy in what others might see in tragedy... and the tragedy in what others might see as comedy too.
And yet, my favorites poems in this book deal with his reality as a committed sober person. He does not present this decision and aftermath as being easy, or happy, or bright. The problems you have when you are an addict don't disappear once the drugs & alcohol disappear -- you are still you, and it's incredible how Sinister is able to invite the reader into his mind via his poetry as he continues to grapple with this newly life of his.
I recommend this book (especially if read with "All Blacked Out...") and I am grateful that Sinister had survived his demons to continue sharing this art with the rest of us.