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Monday May 7, 2018 in Books

beholden
a poem as long as the river

By Fred Wah & Rita Wong

Comprised of two lines of poetic text flowing along a 114-foot-long map of the Columbia River, this powerful image-poem by acclaimed poets Fred Wah and Rita Wong presents language yearning to understand the consequences of our hydroelectric manipulation of one of North America’s largest river systems.

beholden: a poem as long as the river stems from the interdisciplinary artistic research project “River Relations: A Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River,” undertaken as a response to the damming and development of the Columbia River in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon, as well as to the upcoming renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty. Authors Fred Wah and Rita Wong spent time exploring various stretches of the river, all the way to its mouth near Astoria, Oregon. They then spent several months creating long poems along the Columbia, each searching for a language that evoked the complexities of our colonial appropriation of it. beholden was then assembled as a page-turning book that reproduces the two long poems as they respond to the meanderings of the river flowing two thousand kilometres through Canada, the United States, and the territories and reserves of Indigenous Peoples. Visual artist Nick Conbere then transferred this winding footprint into a monumental,

ISBN 13: 9781772012118 | ISBN 10:
10 W x 8 H inches | 144 pages
24.95 CAN / 24.95 US
Rights: World
Frontlist | Poetry
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About the Contributors

Fred Wah

Fred Wah was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. Of his seventeen books of poetry, is a door received the BC Book Prize, Waiting For Saskatchewan received the Governor-General’s Award and So Far was awarded the Stephanson Award for Poetry. Diamond Grill, a biofiction about hybridity and growing up in a small-town Chinese-Canadian café won the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction, and his collection of critical writing, Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity, received the Gabrielle Roy Prize.


beholden

Fred Wah & Rita Wong
Poetry

[Scree cover]
Scree [softcover]

Fred Wah
Poetry


Scree

Fred Wah
Edited by Jeff Derksen
Introduction by Jeff Derksen
Poetry

is a door
is a door

Fred Wah
Poetry

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Sentenced to Light

Fred Wah
Poetry

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Selected Poems: Loki Is Buried at Smoky Creek

Fred Wah
Poetry


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