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Flophouse

Rating: 3.5

you haven't lived
until you've been in a
flophouse
with nothing but one
light bulb
and 56 men
squeezed together
on cots
with everybody
snoring

at once
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BRETON MCNEIL 05 August 2019

It sounds like my experience at Seaton House...??

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Ray Schreiber 10 May 2011

I like this unvarnished portrait of destitution. The lines ring true, from the unpleasant realities of sleeping in a room full of men with constitutions under attack from poor diets and substance abuse to the listless wanderings up and down the streets. Perfect.

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Robert Jackson 02 March 2008

I have been homeless for six months before reading this man and i love hime

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Bryan Manning 06 October 2005

Brings to mind Stephan Crane's The Men in the Storm and deftly evokes the same sinking despair for the marginalized, those who rot in cold lonliness.

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