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Vancouver, British Columbia's vast and varied contemporary poetry scene is on display in Vancouver: Alive at the Center, a community-based anthology. A collection of more than 75 poems from a wide spectrum of poets, Vancouver: Alive at the Center is a cultural snapshot, showcasing the best new and established voices from this city. Three poets from Vancouver came together to recognize the best work of their peers, curating a collection that explores the atmosphere, beauty, complexity, and personality of their home. As the inaugural project from Ooligan Press’s Pacific Poetry Project, this book embodies the Project’s mission to bring poetry to the people by making contemporary poetic voices accessible and exciting for everyone through community involvement and conversation.

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Vancouver: Alive at the Center was compiled by three well-known poets from each city, who worked together to select and compile the most representative work of their communities. They are Daniela Elza, Bonnie Nish, and Robin Susanto.
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Lauren Hartke, June 5, 2014 (view all comments by Lauren Hartke)
I don’t usually read poetry - I’m more of a nonfiction gal - but my cousin got me this book when I went to live in Vancouver for a year. I finally got around to reading it after looking through my bookshelf recently and the beautiful cover jumped out at me. So I thought I should give it a shot.
As I said, my exposure to poetry is relatively limited, but as a casual reader I really enjoyed the pieces collected here. I don’t know how well they capture life in Vancouver - they do capture slices of human life through the eyes of a vast array of poets from the city’s different communities. The themes are diverse, accordingly, and range from the personal to the political. (“But the personal is political,” I hear you scream. Calm down. You get my point.) I carried the book around in my purse for awhile, and whenever I leafed through it, found a poem I particularly enjoyed (Lilija Valis’s “Everyday Things” is pinned above my desk by now).

In the publisher’s note, it says, “We want poetry to be for the people, as it always has been. We reject the notion that you have to ‘get’ poetry to love it. We all get poetry.” I applaud that sentiment and have felt what it means in my reading of the volume: The collection definitely made me a little less afraid to pick up some poetry now and again. The poems are definitely accessible to a general readership; they’re funny, poignant, heartbreaking, and just plain beautiful. They make you think, too, about the relationships and memories we form with and in the specific places we find ourselves in, wander through, and leave behind.

I gotta say my cousin had a great gift idea. I’ve just moved to Portland, OR, and I might even get the Portland volume with poems from my new hometown. Definitely recommended!
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Elza, Daniela
Ooligan Press
Nish, Bonnie
Susanto, Robin
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
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Print PDF
Pacific Poetry Project
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8.5 x 5.5 x 0.15 in 0.25 lb

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