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even this page is white
By (author): Vivek Shraya
9781551526416 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Apr 30, 2016
$12.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8 x 0.31 in | 170 gr 120 pages Arsenal Pulp Press
Lambda Literary Award 2017, Short-listed Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature 2017, Winner

The first poetry collection by the author of God Loves Hair and She of the Mountains.

As a writer, musician, performance artist, and filmmaker, Vivek Shraya has, over the course of the last few years, established himself as a tour de force artist of the highest order. His body of work includes ten albums, four short films, and three books, including the YA book God Loves Hair (A Quill and Quire and Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book of the Year) and the adult novel She of the Mountains (a Lambda Literary Award finalist).

Vivek’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.

Vivek Shraya is the author of God Loves Hair, She of the Mountains, and What I LOVE about being QUEER, all of which were finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. He was the 2014 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for leadership in Toronto’s LGBTQ community, the recipient of Anokhi Media’s inaugural Most Promising LGBTQ Community Crusader Award in 2015, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Originally from Edmonton, he now lives in Toronto.

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This brave and very contemporary lyrical collection dares to ask the unspoken yet screaming questions, to finish the sentence that hurts, that reveals, that provokes, that celebrates. Like a Durga goddess, Shraya juggles with deft hands the multiple aspects of desire, race, gender, queerness, and contemporary pop culture. ?Shani Mootoo, author of Moving Forward Sideways like a Crab and Cereus Blooms at Night - Shani Mootoo

even this page is white demands that all of us account for our visions of ’colour’ and/or ’race’ frontally and peripherally, with ocular proofs. Shraya is the poet-optometrist, correcting our vision and letting us see our identities without rose-coloured glasses, but with naked optics. His book isn’t even-handed, but dexterous and sinister, in demonstrating, in revelatory poem after revelatory poem, why "often brown feels like but" and why even a good white person--with a ’golden heart’ -- ’can be racist.’ Reader, you have work to do! ?George Elliott Clarke, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate - George Elliott Clarke

even this page is white is a provocative meditation on what it means to grow up anything other than white in Canada, tackling institutional racism and sexual identity from a unique viewpoint, all delivered with astute observation and trenchant insight. ?Rollie Pemberton, former Edmonton Poet Laureate - Rollie Pemberton

Vivek Shraya radically centres radiant darkness in even this page is white. In and around and between the lines I see multi-dimensional reflections of myself; all the possibilities of my becoming. Beasts are everywhere, outside and in, and Vivek’s words root my courage to face them in love-a-lutionary soil. ?d’bi.young anitafrika, Canadian Poet of Honour - d'bi.young anitafrika

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