news | Thursday August 13, 2020

Arleen Paré reads from Earle Street

Arleen Paré reads from her new book, Earle Street, at the (virtual!) Victoria Festival of Authors.

A lyrical collection focussing on a specific street and on a particular tree growing there, Earle Street 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.