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Beards, Orchids and Hangers: Downtown Flirt by Peter Jickling

Chronicling the narrative of a Yukon lad turned Torontonian, Downtown Flirt speaks to urban living with refreshingly honest poetry. From contemplating a second shower to fix a soapy scrotum to the cons of black mattress covers, Jickling brings the reader into these lived moments with full transparency. The casual tone and diction of the poetry make it incredibly accessible, as it reads like a series of relatable journal entries rooted in economic struggle, connection amidst social isolation, and the congestion of urban living.