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Vancouver for Beginners

Vancouver for Beginners is a poetry collection by Alex Leslie.

Alex Leslie

In Vancouver for Beginners, the nostalgia of place is dissected through the mapping of a city where readers are led past surrealist development proposals, post-apocalyptic postcards, childhood landmarks long gone and a developer who paces at the city's edge, shoring it up with aquariums.

In these poems you will traverse a city lined with rivers, not streets. Memory traps and tourist traps reveal themselves, and the ocean glints, elusive, in the background. Here there are many Vancouvers and no Vancouver, a city meant for elsewhere after the flood has swept through. This place of the living and the dead has been rewritten: forests are subsumed by parks, buildings sink and morph, and the climate has changed.

Vancouver for Beginners is a ghost story, an elegy and a love song for a city that is both indecipherable and a microcosm of a world on fire. (From Book*Hug Press)

Vancouver for Beginners is available in Oct. 2019.

Alex Leslie won the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ emerging writers. She was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize in 2007.

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