Grain of Rice

By Evelyn Lau

Grain of Rice
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Evelyn Lau? new book of poems, A Grain of Rice, picks up on some of the themes she covered in her last wonderful book, Living Under Plastic. Once again she honours people, in particular family, and the past; the presence and importance of nature in urban spaces; the influence ... Read more


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Evelyn Lau? new book of poems, A Grain of Rice, picks up on some of the themes she covered in her last wonderful book, Living Under Plastic. Once again she honours people, in particular family, and the past; the presence and importance of nature in urban spaces; the influence of other writers on her life and in her career as a writer. A Grain of Rice includes a passionate suite of poems that pay tribute to John Updike? life and work (he is the writer who has most influenced her writing career). Many of the poems in A Grain of Rice, her sixth book of poetry, are haunted by the deaths of friends and family. They explore cultural history, stories in the news, travel and place ?especially the relationship between home and our nomadic inclinations. In many respects the book is a meditation on loss. Grief and aging, family history, an attention to place. poems on local urban social issues; poems that seek and find their inspiration in Asian culture and literature ?all form a tapestry of faces that simultaneously defy and embrace the inevitable and celebrate the transformational.

Evelyn Lau

Evelyn Lau is the Vancouver author of&nbspthirteen books, including eight volumes of poetry.&nbsp Her memoir Runaway:&nbspDiary of a Street Kid (HarperCollins, 1989), published when she was eighteen, was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh in her first major role.&nbsp Evelyn's prose books have been translated into a dozen languages;&nbspher poetry has received the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award, the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman, and a National Magazine Award, as well as nominations for&nbspa BC Book Prize&nbspand&nbspa Governor-General's Award.&nbspHer poems have been chosen numerous times for inclusion in the Best Canadian Poetry series, and she has&nbspbeen writer-in-residence at UBC, Kwantlen, and&nbspVCC, as well as&nbspDistinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Calgary.&nbspFrom 2011-2014, Evelyn served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver.&nbsp

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