V6A is the postal prefix for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest neighborhood and a prime example of the ramifications of urban blight in North America; it is also the epicenter of a notorious missing women's case in which many sex workers and others were murdered, and home to a controversial safe-injection site for drug users.
This anthology refracts the experience of those who live and work in the Downtown Eastside, reappropriating the coding of the area and recasting the neighborhood as a site of creative energy, community spirit, and human dignity.
Cathleen With (Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison) writes about the area’s street kids. Michael Turner (Hard Core Logo) recalls years living in an apartment on Powell Street. Madeleine Thien (Certainty) examines the effect of the neighbourhood on her family's dynamic and its role in her development as a writer. Wayde Compton (After Canaan) writes about Hogan's Alley and the history of Vancouver's black community. Other pieces explore the sex trade and the Missing Women of the DTES, the culture of Chinatown and other ethnic communities, and the simple, human truths around poverty, kinship, forgiveness, and faith, and remind us that expression flourishes regardless of barriers.
Includes a preface by writer Gary Geddes. Partial proceeds from the sale of this book will fund Thursdays Writing Collective, a program for DTES writers directed by co-editor Elee Kraljii Gardiner.
|Publisher:||Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited|
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About the Author
John Mikhail Asfour: John Mikhail Asfour is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent of which is Blindfold (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Elee Kraljii Gardiner directs Thursdays Writing Collective in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gary Geddes vii
Savour the Taste Phoenix Winter 15
The Eight-Year-Olds Anne Hopkinson 17
Dance Lightly Brenda Prince 22
The Fire Before Madeleine Thien 24
A Child's Plea Stephen Lytton 32
Distant Traffic in Postcards John Barry 33
An Old Spook and His Coyote Don Macdonald 39
Muriel Marjorie, 16 42
Super Phat Angel Baby Cathleen With 44
High-track, Low-track Antonette Rea 52
Disposable Don Larson 55
Evolution Elisabeth Buchanan 58
Wine and Doorbells Daggar Earnshaw 59
immaterial; unbroken chain; velvet Jonina Kirton 61
Painter and Lover Sen Yi 68
Elementals Angela Gallant 85
I Might Be Nothing Rachel Rose 87
Ma; Ride Along East Hastings from the patricia Hotel to Woodward's Elaine Woo 89
A Little Girl Fight Lorren Stewart 95
Breakfast With Wordsworth; Creative Thinking James McLean 97
Stapler Kevin Spenst 99
Compass Robyn Livingstone 101
Clear Gisele LeMire 102
Disappearing Act Lora McElhinney 103
Watermelon; I Know That Sound Patrick Foley 110
Seven Routes to Hogan's Alley: 2. A Home Wayde Compton 114
Milonoa Irit Shimrat 120
Poem #1 Albert Flett 122
Death Isn't Lonely; Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski; Broken Key Henry Doyle 123
441 Powell Michael Turner 128
GTL or Gym Tan Laundry; Vancouver Sunrise Daniel Zomparelli 132
My Name Is Scot, Sfeid Road (Establishing Footage) 135
About the Contributors 142
About the Editors 149