news | Friday March 15, 2013

Urban Change, Urban Unrest!

We are delighted to announce that two new books of poetry on our Spring 2013 list are now available, Stephen Collis’ To the Barricades and Daphne Marlatt’s Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now, with both echoing vatic murmurs and outraged calls for change from our local streets.

To the Barricades continues Collis’s “life” poem, “The Barricades Project,” and is a call for renewed struggle in the here and now, this collection of “social lyrics” and serial explosions seeks to drive apathy from the field and to recover forgotten “radical ideas” amidst our current “amnesiac condition.” Avant-garde technique is donated to lyric ends (the expression of social affects), as Arthur Rimbaud presides and the commune is reconvened in Vancouver’s streets.

Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now gathers many of the poems from Daphne Marlatt’s 1972 Vancouver Poems, somewhat revised or in some cases substantially revised, and follows them with “Liquidities,” a series of recent poems about Vancouver’s incessant deconstruction and reconstruction, its quick transformations both on the ground and in urban imagining.

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