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Grain of Rice

by Evelyn Lau

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list price: $17.95
edition:Paperback
category: Poetry
published: Sep 2012
ISBN:9780889822863
publisher: Oolichan Books
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Evelyn Lau? new book of poems, A Grain of Rice, picks up on some of the themes she covered in her last wonderful book, Living Under Plastic. Once again she honours people, in particular family, and the past; the presence and importance of nature in urban spaces; the influence of other writers on her life and in her career as a writer. A Grain of Rice includes a passionate suite of poems that pay tribute to John Updike? life and work (he is the writer who has most influenced her writing career). Many of the poems in A Grain of Rice, her sixth book of poetry, are haunted by the deaths of friends and family. They explore cultural history, stories in the news, travel and place “especially the relationship between home and our nomadic inclinations. In many respects the book is a meditation on loss. Grief and aging, family history, an attention to place. poems on local urban social issues; poems that seek and find their inspiration in Asian culture and literature “all form a tapestry of faces that simultaneously defy and embrace the inevitable and celebrate the transformational.

About the Author

Evelyn Lau

EVELYN LAU was born in Vancouver in 1971. She is the author of Fresh Girls and Other Stories, Other Women and Choose Me; and three collections of poetry: You Are Not Who You Claim, which won the Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry Award; Oedipal Dreams, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry; and In the House of Slaves. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid was made into a TV movie in 1994. Evelyn Lau lives in Vancouver.

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Evelyn Lau is the author of five volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel. You Are Not Who You Claim won the Milton Acorn People? Poetry Award; Oedipal Dreams was nominated for the Governor-General? Award. Her work has appeared in over a hundred literary magazines, garnering four Western Magazine Awards and a National Magazine Award. She has read from and discussed her work at literary festivals and universities around the world. Evelyn is currently Vancouver? Poet Laureate.

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A Grain of Rice

These accessible poems recount memories of family, friends and place. They make reference to events such as the war in Afghanistan or the Vancouver Olympics. Eating disorders, homelessness and personal failure, death and dying are among the issues addressed. Not only is the work thoughtful and thought-provoking, but is visual in its imagery such as in “Creamsicle orange / and KoolAid purple”.

One section consists of poems written for and about Lau’s favourite author, John Updike. These poems could inspire and provide the basis of a unit in creative writing in any senior English class.

One of BC’s best-known writers and the recipient of many awards, Evelyn Lau currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Vancouver.

Caution: One poem makes specific reference to sexual child abuse.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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