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Poetry Canadian


by (author) W.H. New

Oolichan Books
Initial publish date
May 2017
Canadian, General
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What is a neighbourhood? What holds it together? What tears it apart? Each has its own geography, relying on such social networks as schools, parks, libraries, community centres, and places of worship and commerce. Each is made up of neighbours: the families in the house across the lane or those over the road, open to view or behind a hedge. Neighbours is a book that affirms; we are all neighbours, wherever we live. Following YVR, with its exploration of Vancouver, W. H. New gives shape and sound to the neighbourhood in a voice that is gentle, witty, apprehensive, and tender. These poems dare to bridge the vast space between the familiar and the mysterious, the eloquent and the colloquial.

About the author

WILLIAM NEW is the author and editor of more than fifty books. A native of Vancouver, where he currently lives, he was educated at the University of British Columbia (where he later taught for 37 years) and the University of Leeds. From his first days as a student at UBC, he has been committed to the importance of Canadian writing and to making it accessible to readers around the world. His academic works include A History of Canadian Literature, the massive Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, and several extensive studies of irony and the short story. Writing more personally, his Borderlands: how we talk about Canada and Grandchild of Empire consider how local perspectives inform our political judgments. A prize-winning teacher and researcher, he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal, and for his services to creative and critical writing he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

William New's creative publications include five books for children (including the internationally honoured The Year I Was Grounded) and eleven previous collections of poetry (including Underwood Log, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award; YVR, winner of the City of Vancouver Award; and New & Selected Poems). His latest collection, Neighbours, questions whether any of us ever lives alone.

These poems ask what it means to live near, whether in close proximity or in ragtag memory--and to consider what happens when closeness dissolves and a neighbourhood dies.

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Editorial Reviews

"The poems competently fold time and reminiscence together to create portraits of time and place — there is a sense that these things matter to New." ~Freefall Magazine on YVR

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