Mannequin Rising is the fifth book of poetry from Governor-General's Award winner Roy Miki, his first since 2006's There. In Mannequin Rising, Miki describes a world of consumerism, and answers the visual cacaphony of commodities and window displays with a series of poems and photomontages that reflect the uncanny juxtapositioning he sees all around him. The centrepiece of Mannequin Rising is a triptych of poem sequences, "Scoping (also pronounced Shopping) in Kits," "A Walk on Granville Island," and "Viral Travels in Tokyo," where Miki closely observes three different neighbourhoods and their mannequins / mannikins / manakins / manikins, almost alien yet familiar beings inhabiting and altering relationshipsbetween nature and culture.
Roy Miki is the author of five books of poetry, including There (2006) and Surrender, which won the Governor General's Award for poetry in 2002. A professor of literature at Simon Fraser University, now retired, Roy Miki was a pioneer of the Japanese Canadian redress movement, and his account, Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice, was published in 2005. He lives in Vancouver.
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