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- DescriptionThe water belongs to itself. undercurrent reflects on the power and sacredness of water -- largely underappreciated by too many -- whether it be in the form of ocean currents, the headwaters of the Fraser River or fluids in the womb. Exploring a variety of poetic forms, anecdote, allusion and visual elements, this collection reminds humanity that we are water bodies, and we need and deserve better ways of houring this. Poet Rita Wong approaches water through personal, cultural and political lenses. She humbles herself to water both physically and spiritually: I will apprentice myself to creeks & tributaries, groundwater & glaciers / listen for the salty pulse within, the blood that recognizes marine ancestry. She witnesses the contamination of First Nations homelands and sites, such as Gregoire Lake near Fort McMurray, AB: though you look placid, peaceful dibenzothiophenes / you hold bitter, bitumised depths. Wong points out that though capitalism and industry are supposed to improve our quality of life, they are destroying the very things that give us life in the first place. Listening to and learning from water is key to a future of peace and creative potential. undercurrent emerges from the Downstream project, a multifaceted, creative collaboration that highlights the importance of art in understanding and addressing the cultural and political issues related to water. The project encourages public imagination to respect and value water, ecology and sustainability.
- Author Biographyita Wong has written four books of poetry: undercurrent (2015), forage (2007, awarded the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Canada Reads Poetry 2011), sybil unrest (with Larissa Lai, 2008), and monkeypuzzle (1998). She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, on the unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, where she learns from water.
- Author(s)Rita Wong
- PublisherNightwood Editions
- Date of Publication01/04/2015
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNightwood Editions
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight128 g
- Width140 mm
- Height205 mm
- Spine8 mm
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