Vancouver: Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver: Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from Vancouver, British Columbia


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932010534
Publisher: Ooligan Press
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Pacific Poetry Project Series
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Vancouver: Alive at the Center was compiled by three well-known poets from each city, who worked together to select and compile the most representative work of their communities. They are Daniela Elza, Bonnie Nish, and Robin Susanto.
 Author bios from all contributing poets will be available at

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note vii

Introduction ix


City Introduction 015

A Cursed Poem Natasha Boskic 019

A Lightness Dances Diane Tucker 020

After the Tsunami Robin Susanto 021

Alley Fragment and Name Christi Kramer 022

Appleton Heather Haley 023

At Wood-Edge Road George McWhirtcr 024

Attempts to Know the Past Aislinn Hunter 025

Aunt fenny Alex Winstanley 027

Beaches Andrea Bennett 028

Beer, Blood & Bukowski Shannon Rayne 029

Border Boogie (1969) Susan McCaslin 030

Cabin Fever Anna Swanson 034

Cars Carl Leggo 036

Cell Phone Christopher Levenson 037

Crows Sandy Shreve 038

Desdemona (Durga) Joanne Arnott 039

Everyday Things Lilija Valis 040

Forgetting Mr. Low Bonnie Nish 041

Ghostal or Vancouver's Geography of Loss Catherine Owen 043

Hang On Mami Norwich 044

Hollow David Zieroth 047

Hummingbirds Bren Simmers 048

In Event of Moon Disaster Lucia Misch 049

Joy Kagan Goh 050

Manning Park in the Dark Evelyn Lau 052

Mount Pleasant Nikki Reimer 055

Nadine Russell Thornton 056

Offering Rita Wong 057

Our Salt Spring Island Dinner Chris Gilpin 058

Paris at Dusk Kim Fu 059

Pelican Jason Sunder 060

Power Saw Elegy Dennis E. Bokn 061

Proust as Imperative Garry Thomas Morse 062

Rushing Undergrowth Kate Braid 064

Shrine for Every Part of You Jen Currin 066

Song for the Dead Fran Bourassa 067

Staring at the Window in the Private Family Visiting Cottage, William Head Penitentiary, April 2011 Susan Musgrave 069

Stealing Anatomies Elee Kraljii Gardiner 070

Tai Chi, Van Dusen Gardens Trevor Carolan 071

The Autopsy Report Catherine Owen 073

The Goodnight Skirt Raoul Fernandes 074

The Naming of Parts Kevin Spenst 075

The Next Growing Season: a Glossary Renée Sarojini Saklikar 077

The Stone Ibrahim Honjo 078

The Wailing Machines Rob Taylor 079

The Weight of Dew Daniela Eiza 080

The Wine Dark Sea Timothy Shay 081

Tongue Susan Cormier 083

What We Heard About the Canadians Racket Rose 084

Wordsoug Heidi Greco 085

You Go to Town Taryn Hubbard 086

Story of the Pacific Poetry Project 091

Biographies 099

Attributions 109

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don’t usually read poetry—I’m more of a non-fiction gal—but my cousin got me this book when I went to live in Vancouver for a year. I finally got around to reading it after looking through my bookshelf recently and the beautiful cover jumped out at me. So I thought I should give it a shot. As I said, my exposure to poetry is relatively limited, but as a casual reader I really enjoyed the pieces collected here. I don’t know how well they capture life in Vancouver—they do capture slices of human life through the eyes of a vast array of poets from the city’s different communities. The themes are diverse, accordingly, and range from the personal to the political. (“But the personal is political,” I hear you scream. Calm down. You get my point.) I carried the book around in my purse for awhile, and whenever I leafed through it, found a poem I particularly enjoyed (Lilija Valis’s “Everyday Things” is pinned above my desk by now). In the publisher’s note, it says, “We want poetry to be for the people, as it always has been. We reject the notion that you have to ‘get’ poetry to love it. We all get poetry.” I applaud that sentiment and have felt what it means in my reading of the volume: The collection definitely made me a little less afraid to pick up some poetry now and again. The poems are definitely accessible to a general readership; they’re funny, poignant, heartbreaking, and just plain beautiful. They make you think, too, about the relationships and memories we form with and in the specific places we find ourselves in, wander through, and leave behind. I gotta say my cousin had a great gift idea. I’ve just moved to Portland, OR, and I might even get the Portland volume with poems from my new hometown. Definitely recommended!