Swimming Ginger

August 27, 2010|
Swimming Ginger by Gary Geddes
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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 of...
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Title:Swimming Ginger
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:94 pages, 5.48 X 8.07 X 0.22 in
Shipping dimensions:94 pages, 5.48 X 8.07 X 0.22 in
Published:August 27, 2010
Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONS
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780864926265

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