even this page is white by Vivek Shrayaeven this page is white by Vivek Shraya

even this page is white

byVivek Shraya

Paperback | April 1, 2016

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Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature winner

Lambda Literary Award finalist

Longlisted for Canada Reads

As a writer, musician, performance artist, and filmmaker, Vivek Shraya has, over the course of the last few years, established herself as a tour de force artist of the highest order. Vivek's bodyof work includes ten albums, four short films, and three books, including the YA book God Loves Hair (A Quill and Quire and Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book of the Year) and the adult novel She of the Mountains (a Lambda Literary Award finalist).

Vivek's debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, is a bold, timely, and personal interrogation of skin―its origins, functions, and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding ofwhat it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable.

Vivek Shraya is the author of the young-adult collection God Loves Hair, the novel She of the Mountains, the poetry book even this page is white, and the children's picture book (with Rajni Perera) The Boy & the Bindi (all published by Arsenal Pulp Press), as well as What I Love About Being QUEER. She was the 2014 recipient of the Stei...
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Title:even this page is whiteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.34 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:ARSENAL PULP PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1551526417

ISBN - 13:9781551526416

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I deeply enjoyed this text. I thought Shraya used form playfully as she struggled through some conversations which are hard to articulate. Some of the other feedback thought this text not very deep, but I found a text that is rooted in both literary theory and a brown woman's lived experiences. I'm a huge fan of Shraya's work and was not disappointed by this text.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Writing style was not exactly easy to read... Poor execution, as someone has already stated. Felt as though I had to do some decoding work for poems based on personal anecdotes... they didn't always make sense to me. Very simplistic and not very "deep".
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artistry and intelligence in poems for everyone This book is a must-read! Vivek Shraya's inventive poems are poignant, challenging and transformative. Her talent for making complex ideas accessible and her unparalleled creative vision shine in this impressive debut collection.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good but as another person said the execution still buy it! it is good and literature like this is lovely and needed just wish it was more complex but then again for someone just starting to think about race it is a good read and something we should all read
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not bad. I give this book five stars for message, but three stars for execution. I found many of the ideas uncomplicated, or stated in bombastic ways that almost made me cringe. I would recommend this book if you aren't someone who thinks often about race -- it approaches complicated topics in an introductory manner. I give all my respect to Vivek Shraya and the work she is doing in the world. But, as much as I would like to support my fellow south asian femmes, I can't in good conscious rave about this book. The poems were simply too clunky.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such Truth This was longlisted for Canada Reads and I've read it in one sitting. Truer words have never been spoken as this and I hope more people read this book of poetry. Vivek's experiences are colourful yet printed on a white page; as is what seems like everything else seems to be. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read Shraya writes on whiteness and racism, interweaving various poetic styles with her own experiences and a q&a segment. Beautifully written and wonderfully insightful, this book is definitely required reading.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it, but was expecting something different. I knew what this book was about, which is why I picked it up. I wasn't expecting the Q&A part that was included, and I didn't really enjoy that part to be honest. I thought the rest of the poems were lovely.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful This is a powerful and beautiful book. I picked it up expecting to stare in the face with my own white privilege, but this offered so much more. Shraya gave us a window into her own experiences at either end of racism and didn't hold back when it came to illustrating the truth about how people of colour are treated and perceived. Some of the poems gain strength through her use of physical structure (how the lines are positioned, etc.). Some of her poems are utterly devastating. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful This book changed my views on the world around me as well as myself in the world. It offers a unique perspective and will challenge your thoughts and views if you let it. Truly inspiring and wonderfully written. Some of the best poetry I've ever read.
Date published: 2016-12-25

Editorial Reviews

This debut poetry collection beautifully illuminates everyday racism across a multitude of spaces, and explores color and identity. —Autostraddle ("Best Queer and Feminist Books of the Year")