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Review - Georgia Straight

If you judge Vancouver Poet Billie Livingston by the company she creates - and tell me why you'd do a daft thing like that - you'll probably figure she's a hard-as-nails, white trash diva. Sure, there are kids on the lam from the Children's Aid, women living at the Y, and alkie moms sipping from bottomless coffee cups.

Sure, there are mistakes, oh so many mistakes. But go deeper. Livingston buffs the strength of her characters with the strength of her lines:

"Nothing personal--
you're just too flimsy
to lie heavy down
the length of me
keep the edges from curling
and hold my oragami heart
under the fold."

A powerful debut collection, The Chick at the Back of the Church tears through memory, long legs flashing, dust aflyin'.