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    ISBN: 9780889226708 | Paperback

    96 pages | Pub. Date: 20111011
    6.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.27 D inches
    Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
    Rights: WORLD

Sachiko Murakami approaches the urban centre through its inhabitants' greatest passion: real estate. Rebuild engraves itself on the absence of Vancouver's centre, with its cranes, excavation sites, and bulldozed public spaces. Its poems crumble as the page turns, words flaking from the line like rain-damaged stucco off a leaky condominium, exposing the absence life inside the "stanza" of a despised "Vancouver Special."

“Murakami has quickly demonstrated a remarkable range and ambition.”

“a unique and thoughtfully crafted book”
The Fiddlehead

By Sachiko Murakami

Sachiko Murakami is the author of the poetry collections The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks, 2008), a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Rebuild (Talonbooks, 2011). She is the creator of the online poetry projects Project Rebuild (, HENKO (, WIHTBOAM (, and co-creator of FIGURE (, an online poetry oracle, with Angela Rawlings. Her website is

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news | 2015-03-16
Rebuild and then Get Out

…(Spring 2015), a review of her previous book, Rebuild , has just been published in The Fiddlehead. The … reviewer, Allison LaSorda, calls Rebuild a unique and thoughtfully crafted book. … In her … the processes involved in the creation of Rebuild and give some insight into her latest project, …

news | 2012-11-26

…practice of community-built poetry (see:, So, here’s the … online iteration of this project, akin to Project Rebuild. Should you wish to participate, please send me …

news | 2012-10-31
O Lympic – Sachiko Murakami

…Lympic” from Sachiko Murakami’s Rebuild. …

news | 2011-09-09
Sachiko Murakami's Launch of Rebuild in Toronto

…above) launched her second book of poetry, Rebuild at The Press Club in Toronto. After months of … inviting poets to renovate poems from Rebuild at, the physical manifestation … poem is the architectural foundation of, and serves as a template for prospective … “tenants” to rebuild and inhabit. Murakami invited several … Foreshadowed by the guest readers before her, Rebuild evolves and builds upon itself to create a …

news | 2011-08-25
Uniform Landscapes / Hybrid Dialogue

…to catch the launch of Sachiko Murakami’s Rebuild at The Press Club. Here is what Nicole Dufoe had … of Vancouver in its condo craze that inspired Rebuild. The content and context of the collection are … inseparable. “Rebuild’s main concern is real estate, and its …

news | 2011-07-29
In Piazza San Domenico, Ordinary Time, and Rebuild are here!

…on Gil McElroy’s poetry here. In Rebuild, Sachiko Murakami approaches the urban center … its inhabitants’ greatest passion: real estate. Rebuild engraves itself on the absence of Vancouver’s … into Sachiko Murakami’s innovative Project Rebuild here. …

news | 2011-07-06
Move into Project Rebuild - A Poetry Project Initiated by Sachiko Murakami

…invitation from Sachiko Murakami to join Project Rebuild, a new collaborative poetry project: Project … Rebuild began with a single poem about a Vancouver … subtle differences. These four poems appear in Rebuild, my upcoming collection, which takes up the … Vancouver, its site of inquiry, to tear down and rebuild every few decades. But what is a poem but a … These poems became the first houses in Project Rebuild’s neighbourhood. But the idea of extending the …