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Living Under Plastic

by Evelyn Lau

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list price: $17.95
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category: Poetry
published: April 2010
ISBN:9780889822627
publisher: Oolichan Books
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Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from the author's previous poetry books. Instead of the obsessive focus on relationships and emotional damage that has characterized much of her earlier work, this book opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism, and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss. Haunted by the pull of the past, there is strength of character and a sense of affirmation in all of these poems. While grounded in travel and in place, the tone is surprisingly meditative and contemplative.

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 was born in Vancouver in 1971. She is the author of four volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was a Canadian best seller and was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh in her first major role. Lau's prose books have been translated into a dozen languages worldwide. You Are Not Who You Claim won the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award; Oedipal Dreams was nominated for the Governor-General's Award. Her work has appeared in over a hundred literary magazines, garnering four Western Magazine Awards and a National Magazine Award. She has also won the Air Canada Award for Most Promising Writer and the Vantage Women of Originality Award. Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry series. She has read from and discussed her work at literary festivals and universities around the world; she presently freelances as a mentor to aspiring writers through UBC's booming Ground and SFU's Writing and Publishing Program.

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Living Under Plastic

What better inspiration to young writers than Evelyn Lau, whose work was first published when she was in her teens. Although these poems are written from the perspective of maturity, they deal with the same concerns shared by younger people: love, loss, resentment —even anger. Poems in the first section are mostly concerned with death and dying, with a focus on the death of a relative about whom she cared deeply. The rest of the book contains clear and approachable poems about travel and animals with a memorable piece about being bitten by mosquitoes. There are some references to drugs and prostitution and an instance of scatological language (in a poem about sewage, so word choice is appropriate).

This book won the 2011 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, League of Canadian Poets for best book of poetry by a woman.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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