Poetry. BACKUP TO BABYLON collects three shorter works by Maxine Gadd, a writer who has based her life and her work in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for more than two decades. The first section, "Greenstone", follows an arc between rural life,shaped by idealism, and the city. Feminism, activism, and utopianism are among Gadd's concerns. "Backup to Babylon" describes the Vancouver of the 1980s, a time of the Francis Street Squat, of Solidarity, of political hope raised up and crushed. "Lac Lake" describes a world made from the pieces left by the collision of cultures called "contact". Versions of "Greenstone", "Backup to Babylon", and "Lac Lake" were privately published in limited editions. With their publication in book form, they are now made available for the first time to a broader readership. Red diaper baby Maxine Gadd's writing reflects an engagement with contemporary art and critical movements, alongside a connection to neighbourhoods and community. She credits the Kootenay School of Writing with introducing her to many of the writers who fed her during the time this work was written.
|Publisher:||New Star Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Maxine Gadd was born as "a red diaper baby" in England on November 12, 1940, just outside of London. "Every time there was an air raid," she says, "and the bombs fell, my mother and little brother, Neri and I, would have to get from the sixth floor in the attic, to the basement. My father was away at war at Belgium, eating better than us. My mother used to faint in the street from hunger and anxiety." She immigrated with her family to Canada in 1946 and lived in a downtown hotel. She attended Kitsilano High School and acquired at B.A. from UBC. She later moved to Galiano Island, eventually returning to Vancouver. Fire in the Cove, published in 2001, is a collection of 24 poems written on Galiano Island from 1977 to 1984. Her three privately published works entitled "Greenstone," "Backup to Babylon," and "Lac Lake" were gathered for Backup to Babylon (2006). The title work describes the politics of Vancouver in the 1980s during the Solidarity movement and the Francis Street Squat. As a follow-up, Gadd published Subway Under Byzantine (New Star, 2008), with more on the Gulf Islands and Downtown Eastside.