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Bearing Witness: Fresh Pack of Smokes by Cassandra Blanchard

Cassandra Blanchard’s debut collection of poetry, Fresh Pack of Smokes, opens up the world of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for the reader. Deftly using the prose poem to illuminate the inner-workings of the complex emotional and psychological experiences of addiction, Blanchard depicts life in the DTES with detail and care.