Canada Reads 2017

even this page is white

Vivek Shraya

even this page is white

Vivek Shraya's debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, is a bold, timely and personal interrogation of skin - its origins, functions and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible and undeniable. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)

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Excerpt:

is it my skin that betrays

this skeleton? i pray

for answers for my dreams

hunched back dim light


blue ink blank paper knelt over

wept over now i grasp why thirty-four

years of praying through writing

awoke no god


even

this page

is white

so i protest this page


From even this page is white by Vivek Shraya ©2016. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press.