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Avowal of What is Here


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Moving through the words, drawings and photographs that make up Avowal of What Is Here is not unlike walking across the differently textured surfaces of the city: sidewalk, macadam, shell, sand, light, milk, water, sugar, Styrofoam beads, crosswise planks, photographs, ghost forests, shadows, ocean, water pipes, kerosene lamplight, cracks, metal grates, bird sounds, and the glass purple prisms hiding the areaways. Avowal is a poem written for two voices, two women, one walking through contemporary Vancouver on her way to the library archives, and the other walking the same city in the late 1890s. The two columns of the poem invite the reader to move impulsively in multiple directions, across as well as down, finding both the lines that tie the two voices together and the ones that falter.

Materials: Printed offset on Bright White Mohawk Via Felt paper in black ink with a purple flyleaf.






December 2008


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