Swimming Ginger by Gary GeddesSwimming Ginger by Gary Geddes

Swimming Ginger

byGary Geddes

Paperback | August 27, 2010

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Shortlisted, Independent Publishers Book Award, Poetry

The Qingming Shanghe Tu scroll, sometimes called "Spring Festival by the River," was thought to have been painted by Zhang Zeduan before 1127, when the Northern Song capital of Bian-Iiang was overrun by the invading Jin. Inspired by the figures in the scroll, Geddes found stories demanding to be told, tales of the droll, exacting, sometimes turbulent life of cities.

In shimmering verse, Geddes captures the voice of the painter himself and those of the underprivileged, with their not-so-subtle forms of dissent. Cleverly illustrated to intertwine East and West in dialogue, this ingenious volume juxtaposes a reproduction of the scroll that reads from back to front (experienced as Chinese reads) with Geddes' poems, which read from front to back.

Gary Geddes was born in Vancouver and raised mostly on the west coast, where he gill netted, loaded boxcars at BC Sugar Refinery, stocked shelves at Woodwards, worked as a fishing guide at Whytecliffe, taught on Texada Island, and drove a water-taxi. After doing graduate studies at Reading University in England and at the University o...
Title:Swimming GingerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 5.48 × 8.07 × 0.22 inPublished:August 27, 2010Publisher:GSELanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:086492626X

ISBN - 13:9780864926265

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"Geddes' accessible poetic style brings to life a rich array of characters inspired by a blend of history, culture, myth, and imagination. . . . his two most recent collections offer the reader a point of entry into the inner workings of old China by bringing to life a thronging diversity of voices tinged with both creativity and lore. . . . Swimming Ginger reanimates one of China's most iconic artifacts and infuses it with irreverence, gently poking fun at the fantasies of ancient Chinese culture the we might otherwise be wont to adopt. In answer to such fantasies, Geddes creates an earthy, vibrant, and altogether more pragmatic account of lives lived in twelfth-century China." — Louise Young, Canadian Literature 216