Fresh Pack of Smokes

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Nightwood Editions, 2019 - Poetry - 96 pages

"This night in Oppenheimer Park Dan asked me to shit-kick this chick in the face as she owed money and I said no because I didn't know who she was and I wasn't about to play with fire so he sat on the bench then stood up and did a flying kick twice to her chin and she convulsed and passed out he said he didn't want to spill blood because she had HIV..."

--"Tales"

Dissecting herself and the life she once knew living a transient life that included time spent in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside as a bonafide drug addict, Blanchard writes plainly about violence, drug use and sex work in Fresh Pack of Smokes, offering insight into an often overlooked or misunderstood world.

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About the author (2019)

Cassandra Blanchard nbsp;was born in Whitehorse,nbsp;YT, but called Vancouver home for many years. She holds anbsp;BAnbsp;from the University of British Columbia with a major in gender, race, sexuality and social justice. Her poetry has been published in a handful of literary journals.nbsp; Fresh Pack of Smokes nbsp;is her first book of poetry. She lives in Duncan,nbsp;BC.

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