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Mark Jude Poirier:
Naked Pueblo

Mark Jude Poirier
  Naked Pueblo  
Mark Jude Poirier    
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  Mark Jude Poirier's debut collection of stories, Naked Pueblo, presents a fresh, often gritty perspective of the world today. Set largely in Tucson and other wide open Western spaces, his works examine the realm of human experience--the good, the bad, the ugly, the hilarious. Reaping the benefits of the diverse culture and lifestyle available in this corner of the world, Poirier sets his scenes on mountain tops, in deserts, in trailer parks, strip clubs, Dairy Queens, and more.

Poirier's characters span the social stratosphere, ranging from rock-climbing hippies to disillusioned suburbanites, booze-soaked bar hounds to overwrought Valium-addicts. The denizens of his world don't necessarily question their existence; for the most part they've quietly accepted their lots in life, no matter how dingy or disenchanting these lots may be. He takes a literary magnifying glass to the complex relationships that occur throughout one's days, deftly yet subtly illuminating the things that draw people to one another and keep them there . Poirier's astute observation of human nature's many elements stings, enlightens, and amuses, proving him to be an emerging talent well worth watching.

In this feature, read an original short story from Mark Jude Poirier, "Burning Sticks," as well as a piece from Naked Pueblo entitled "Cul-de-sacs."

 
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  Photo of Mark Jude Poirier copyright © Diana Ossana

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