Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu will read at the Victoria Learning Theatre at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Room 182) this Thursday, February 24 from 1-2 pm. This is a co-presentation between the Robson Reading Series and the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.
Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from Evelyn Lau‘s previous poetry books. Instead of the focus on relationships and emotional damage that has characterized much of her earlier work, this book opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism, and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss. Haunted by the pull of the past, there is strength of character and a sense of affirmation in all of these poems. While grounded in travel and in place, the tone is surprisingly meditative and contemplative.
Ray Hsu‘s Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to his award-winning first collection, Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.”