You Are Not Who You Claim by Evelyn LauYou Are Not Who You Claim by Evelyn Lau

You Are Not Who You Claim

byEvelyn Lau

Paperback | March 16, 1994

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At eighteen, Evelyn Lau published a journal of her life on "the streets" and her experiences with drugs and prostitution. Runaway was a chronicle of harsh survival, pain, and an obsession with writing which helped provide an escape from the deadness of the street. For her, poetry was the voice of the hope and the disillusionment that she felt as she passed from the innocence of a young girl down through the confusing hell of the street and into the often harsher realities of the "straight" world. Strong, intimate, disturbing and finally poignant, Evelyn Lau's poems are really about people, trapped and hurting behind their many masks of conformity.

"Evelyn Lau is the poet I've been waiting for . . . . She has the experience and street-learned savvy to see the cruel hoax that idiots and hypocrites call civilization. Her lines and images are compellingly fresh. Her observations are free of literary jargon. If early success doesn't weaken her rage, doesn't soften her indictments, her future success is inevitable."
- Irving Layton

Evelyn Lau has been publishing poetry and prose since she was thirteen. Now eighteen, she has her poetry appear in Prism International, Queen's Quarterly and Canadian Author and Bookman, among other literary magazines. Her prose has been published in MacLean's, Vancouver Magazine and The Antigonish Review. And she has won six awards fo...
Title:You Are Not Who You ClaimFormat:PaperbackDimensions:59 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.2 inPublished:March 16, 1994Publisher:Dundurn

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ISBN - 10:0888782918

ISBN - 13:9780888782915

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Evelyn Lau earned her stripes when she was just 18 for publishing Runaway, a journal of a life spent on the streets and her experiences with drugs and prostitution. The success of her first book drew her into newer circles that, though alien, were no less susceptible to her sharper senses. Through her poetry, she started to undress the faux reality of the professional and "straight" world, revealing people that, at their core are trapped and hurting, disturbed by the pretense of conformity. You Are Not Who You Claim, Lau's first collection of poetry, freely expresses the rage of being a crowded outsider in a world that is far different than it perceives itself to be.