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Lonesome Monsters

by Bud Osborn

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'Lonesome Monsters' is a collection of prose and poetry from Vancouver writer Bud Osborn. Mr. Osborn's writing is as much chronicle, confession, testimony, as it is poetry-an unwavering account of inner-city struggle and the tenacity of the human spirit.

"Speaking of jarring but effective writing, Bud Osborn's 'Lonesome Monsters' successfully dramatizes the harsher side of urban life." - Geist Magazine

About the Author

Bud Osborn

A poet and social activist, Bud Osborn's life and work represents the embodiment of the disenfranchised. As a former drug addict, he never thought he'd be alive today, let alone living a respectable life. Now, seven years clean, Bud channels his energy into helping his neighbours in Vancouver's downtown east side, a neighbourhood he aptly describes as a "third world health horror."

A member of VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), Grief Into Action, a support group for parents of addicted youth, and the Carnegie Community Centre Association Board, Bud spends his time ultimately "trying to save lives and solve problems, not defend drug addicts."

His poetry speaks to those he is trying to reach. Used as a communication and educational device for and about people on the streets, Bud's poetry also serves as documentation of the people nobody else will write about and to let them know they are not alone. From his troubled youth in America to waiting out the Vietnam draft in Toronto, Osborn has finally found a home in Canada's most troubled neighbourhood and the poetry he spins from his experiences transcends borders and communities.

Fighting popular opinion that Vancouver's downtown east side is without hope, Bud chooses to see the bright side of his neighbourhood. He blames the media for doing more damage than good in their portrayal of the down-and-out and feels there is more community in troubled neighbourhoods tha

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Bud Osborn has been a poet and social activist for nearly 40 years. A former director of the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board, Bud Osborn was instrumental in founding such harm reduction organizations as VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), GTA (Grief to Action), and PRG (Political Response Group). Recently he has launched Creative Resistance, a group that advocates the repeal of drug prohibition and its "War on Drugs" strategy. Bud Osborn's poetry credo is "fidelity to lived experience." He has published five books of poetry which include 'Lonesome Monsters' (Anvil, 1995), 'Hundred Block Rock' (Arsenal Pulp, 1999), 'Oppenheimer Park' (1998, in collaboration with artist Richard Tetrault), and 'Keys to Kingdoms' (Get to the Point, 1999) which won the City of Vancouver Book Award.

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