YVR by W.H. NewYVR by W.H. New


byW.H. New

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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Winner - Vancouver Book Prize (2012)

YVR weaves a suite of lyrics into a powerful long poem, a citywide Vancouversong. Combining memoir, civic history, love song, and social critique, it?s a highly personal poem, vividly rooted in Vancouver life, and at the same time a charged portrait of social change. In three parts, it begins in disaffection and disruption, tracks its way back into images of childhood (bush, beach, boys at war), and then moves forward again, celebrating 'the sawtooth Coast' and the river, ?the shingle house of interruption? and the polyphonic voices of the city now. A poem about instability and edges-about seeing them, addressing them, embracing them-at its heart is a remarkable walk the length of Main Street. To read this book is to live the city: it will fret you, rankle you, jar you and surprise you. It will take you into the city that only a few people know, and it will touch your heart.

W. H. New lives in Vancouver. Among his many books are Underwood Log, which was a finalist for the Governor General?s Award for Poetry, Borderlands, Grandchild of Empire, Touching Ecuador, and The Year I Was Grounded. Among New?s academic works is The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada which he edited. He was appointed an Officer of ...
Title:YVRFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:128 pages, 8.45 × 5.47 × 0.43 inShipping dimensions:8.45 × 5.47 × 0.43 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:Oolichan BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889822808

ISBN - 13:9780889822801


Editorial Reviews

?New often navigates out of this voice and into the one of mature narrator enveloped in remembrance and wonder. Here we find narrator musing on the essential question, ?what have I stopped noticing?? (51). The poems competently fold time and reminiscence together to create portraits of time and place, sometimes too specifically to be inclusive of everyman. Yet, there is a sense that these things matter to New, that his memory is important.?Micheline Maylor, Freefall Magazine