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Insomniac Press, Oct 12, 2009 - Fiction - 108 pages
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Phlip Arima is one of Toronto's most popular performance poets. In Damaged, his second collection of poetry, Arima takes to the street to create his portraits of the lost, the dispossessed and the disenchanted. Edgy, yet deeply compassionate, Arima's poems capture the gritty urban reality of the homeless and the mad, in desperate contrast to the easy slogans of TV ads and store window displays. His question remains, ''What happened to make them this way?'' At the heart of this powerful collection is an extended poem, '09-06-96, Eulogy for Chris', a bittersweet memoir of a friend and lover, filled with grief and anger at her loss. But there have been other suicides, other deaths OCo from AIDS, from drugs, and from sheer loneliness. Powered by an internal rhythm as strong as the human heart beat, Arima's poems are packed with images of the streets and of cold city nights, relived only occasionally by a tender moment of love."

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Be Quiet
Ant Trails
He Does
Hit and Run Basil
Leaving the Mix
late at night
Without your voice
Not Going Anywhere
When everything
After the Ecstasy

Jane waiting for the light to change
Push Not Pull
Dance baby dance
Rushing to Heaven
It will not make the news
I take a breath
One Moment Free
As trains go by
alone by the door
The Watcher Lonely
I would like
My eyes open
Looking for food
This stare
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In my room
Where is the Night
Fathers Day
The Ache
Wednesday Morning
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Hello Hello Where are you?
Not Hard Enough
Before Dawn
Delirious near sleep
Take ThirtyTwo
The imbecile cums as the clock strikes one
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Toronto-based writer, Phlip Arima, a well-known and respected performance poet, has appeared on stages across Canada and in the United States. His poetry videos (produced by Vision Television) have aired nationally and his first collection of satirical fiction has received many favorable reviews. Phlip co-organized and hosted The Basement Reading Series for two years and is currently on the Board of Directors for The Art Bar poetry reading series.

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