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Rita Wong Launches New Book in Vancouver


Posted: February 25, 2008

Join Rita Wong for a book launch for her new collection of poetry, Forage, at Rhizome Café, 317 East Broadway Street in Vancouver on Thursday, March 6 at 8pm.

Forage is a lament against a culture of mass consumerism inherited to today’s generation. Wong breaks ground with her stark honesty and refreshing rhythm, style and contemporary dialogue. Hailed by Dionne Brand, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, as “trenchant, tender, urgent, fevered and wise,” Brand goes on to say that “ …Wong’s Forage is an ecoindictment; a harmolodic for the bruised planet.”

Like the title suggests, the poems in Forage address the ravaging of the planet and humanity by abusive powers. Wong’s discourse situates itself on modern international political planes, but leaves space for humour, beauty and resilience to shine within this burning global landscape. Forage confronts our current “value chain” in relation to such colossal topics as patriotism, envi¬ronmental issues, race and gender roles, history, media, food, housing, addiction and the unsubstantiated accumulation of waste.

Wong intersperses the pages of Forage with clever wordplay and frames her poems with evocative marginalia, Chinese characters and quotes from influential cultural icons. In the words of Shani Mootoo, “this little book of poems leads the literary wing of the 21st century’s people’s revolution” and is a vivid, fierce commentary on our international political landscape and the injustices it breeds.

Rita Wong’s first book, monkeypuzzle, was published by Press Gang in 1998 and received the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop Emerging Writer Award. She is a visiting instructor at the University of Miami and teaches Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, BC.

For more information about the launch, please call 604-872-3166 or email info@nightwoodeditions.com. Book sales at the event will be provided by Spartacus Books.