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Verse Map of Vancouver, A

Photographs by Derek Von Essen

edited by George McWhirter, photographs by Derek von Essen

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In Vancouver the avenues are numbered and the streets named. That's a feature of Vancouver. Vancouver's Poet Laureate, George McWhirter, has taken on the task of creating an anthology on those features that give the face of Vancouver its identity. East Hastings could fill an anthology, but most of the city goes unversed.

A Verse Map of Vancouver fills the gap in Vancouver's verse geography by mapping the city, its neighbourhoods, its corners and intersections, its parks and landmarks. A Verse Map is a word ordinance survey by poets of the locality, from those whose names have a legendary place (Pat Lowther, George Woodcock) through a roster of verse surveyors—too great a list to include them all here—who have established themselves over the last three to four decades (John Pass, Evelyn Lau, John Donlan, Daphne Marlatt, Roy Miki, George Stanley, Linda Rogers, Tom Wayman, Meredith Quartermain, Kate Braid, Brian Brett, Bud Osborn) on through to the current generation who are etching their marks on the city (Catherine Owen, Rita Wong, Chris Hutchinson, Mark Cochrane, Russell Thornton, Kuldip Gill, Fiona Lam). Upwards of 100 poets have been gathered here accompanied by the rich city photography of Vancouver artist and designer Derek von Essen.

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George McWhirter is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and fiction. His translation of selected poems by Jose Emilio Pacheco won him the F.R. Scott Prize for translation. Mr. McWhirter's collection, 'Catalan Poems', shared the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and his novel, 'Cage', won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 1987.

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A Verse Map of Vancouver

Vancouver’s first Poet Laureate has collected 200 pieces that represent places and special features of Vancouver. Poets represented include Pat Lowther, George Woodcock, Roy Miki, Al Purdy, Joy Kogawa and Tom Wayman. Many poems describe Vancouver’s physical beauty whereas others focus on the city’s less attractive and darker side. Pam Galloway finds solace in “Sun Yat Sen’s garden” with its “classical sculptures, water and stone [and] subliminal drone”. Maria Sammarco sadly reflects on Vancouver’s Inner City. Each poem is accompanied by the stunning photography of Vancouver artist and designer Derek von Essen and a brief biography of each contributor.

McWhirter shared the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize with Chinua Achebe in 1972 for Catalan Poems.

Caution: Contains occasional coarse language.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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