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    ISBN: 9781772012507 | Paperback

    96 pages | Pub. Date: 20200415
    6 W × 9 H × 0.256 D inches
    Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE023000
    Rights: WORLD


A lyrical collection focussing on a specific street and on a particular tree growing there, Earle Street, by Governor General’s Award winner Arleen Paré, takes the concept of street and urban living, the houses on the street, the neighbours, the boulevard trees and wildlife, and the street’s history as a poetic focal point. The book is divided into four sections, each of which differently considers the poet’s home street – as a river, as an arboretum, as a window, and finally as a whole world – resulting in an extended meditation on place, community, and lesbian domesticity that is at once poetic and philosophical. “Start from the inside,” Paré writes, “as though organic, as though building from inside a seed.” Here is the macrocosm reflected, examined, and refracted through the microcosm of a single, quiet neighbourhood street.

"Paré disrupts the fixity inherent in ideas of normativity by underscoring the very liminality that exists at the core of language."
—Clayton Longstaff, The League of Canadian Poets

"Arleen has written poems about trees, rats, a grey squirrel, an orange cat, the people, the naming of the street, memories of her own ancestors, and of her own past. All of these aspects, including the various forms used, make it a rich and intimate exploration of place as well as with oneself."

"Read this book and prepare to see where you live anew."
The Maynard

By Arleen Paré

Arleen Paré is a Victoria writer. She has published five collections of poetry, two of which are cross-genre. She has been short-listed for the BC Book Prizes Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award, and has won a Golden Crown Award for Lesbian Poetry, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and a Governor General’s Literary Award.

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