Meredith Quartermain’s Vancouver Walking won the BC Book Awards 2006 Prize for Poetry. Books include The Eye-Shift of Surface, Wanders [with Robin Blaser], and A Thousand Mornings, prose poems about old Vancouver’s dockside area. Her work has appeared in The Walrus, Canadian Literature, the Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, The Capilano Review, West Coast Line, filling Station, Prism International, and other magazines.
Reading and Book Launch
March 12, 2005
Please join us for the launch of Vancouver Walking.
Meredith Quartermain will read from her new book of poetry published by NeWest Press.
Saturday March 12, 8pm
Journey along Vancouver’s colourful city streets, past its landmarks,
through the sounds and smells of Chinatown. Ramble along the seawall on English Bay, ride the curving streets to Kitsilano on a winter afternoon, and experience the vibrant sights and sounds of the city’s history as it jostles for a place in the present. Vancouver Walking is a collection of descriptive poetry that evokes visions of Vancouver and the history that haunts it. Meredith Quartermain paints sharp, simple, and often ironic impressions of the city, completing her collection with a train journey down the west coast and inland over the Sierra Nevada to Utah and Colorado.
“The word here is foot and eye, step by step, crisscrossing the city with the grids and layers of its own minute particulars and articulating the truth of the imagination, the dynamics of the intersect. These poems listen carefully to the yearning of place, the kind of naming a city answers to.”