A brief relief from hunger

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A brief relief from hunger is a collection of poems about the yearnings of a young
man—cocaine, human connection, fast food—and the ravenous world in which he lives. In Vancouver, the speaker binges Big Macs after attending rehab while others consume fentanyl-tainted drugs. Growling bodies are everywhere, including on Facebook where people post cruel comments about drug users in the face of British Columbia’ toxic drug supply crisis. At the heart of the collection are poems that respond to these comments from the perspective of the speaker, now sober but still hungry, whose friends are dying from the contaminated drug supply. Hungry, too, are the birds that call British Columbia home. Robins catch worms, crows gobble French fries, and owls ingest poisoned rats.