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Murders in the Welcome Café

This is both a book and a videopoem. It started out as a poetry chapbook (1977). Murders in the Welcome Café is a conceptual long poem, divided into thirteen "chapters" in the hardboiled detective spirit and tone. It casts the poet as the private eye and the muse as the mysterious client who presents the gumshoe with a mystery to solve. Chapter One: It's True Evene if it Won't Happen ...the coffee tasted like the morning after I... is how it starts. The reviews were favourable. A brief review in a library journal praised it, comparing it to a John le Carré book, and suddenly every library in Canada and even one in Moscow, Idaho wanted a copy or two. It went through a second edition in less t

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