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A Grain of Rice Evelyn Lau s new book of poems, A Grain of Rice, picks up on some of the themes she covered in her last wonderful book, Living Under Plastic Once again she honours people, in particular family, and the past the presence and importance of nature in urban spaces the influence of other writers on her life and in her career as a writer A Grain of Rice includes a passionate suite of poems that pay tribute to John Updike s life and work he is the writer who has most influenced her writing career Many of the poems in A Grain of Rice, her sixth book of poetry, are haunted by the deaths of friends and family They explore cultural history, stories in the news, travel and places, especially the relationship between home and our nomadic inclinations In many respects the book is a meditation on loss Grief and aging, family history, an attention to place poems on local urban social issues poems that seek and find their inspiration in Asian culture and literature all form a tapestry of faces that simultaneously defy and embrace the inevitable and celebrate the transformational a fine example of making use of all the senses. This was the first book I read of Evelyn Lau and what a great place to start I won the book through the First Read giveaways and am so thankful for getting Thank you Oolichan Press for giving me the opportunity for such a day of contemplative pleasure Lau s A Grain of Rice is a collection of many separate poems exploring different themes, but I found it to be one long contemplation on mortality She captures it s fragility so well One of my favourites, a shout out to John Updike, is Thinkin This was the first book I read of Evelyn Lau and what a great place to start I won the book through the First Read giveaways and am so thankful for getting Thank you Oolichan Press for giving me the opportunity for such a day of contemplative pleasure Lau s A Grain of Rice is a collection of many separate poems exploring different themes, but I found it to be one long contemplation on mortality She captures it s fragility so well One of my favourites, a shout out to John Updike, is Thinking of U pdike These are the lines, part way through that stood out, Even this one life, said to be over in a day, holds space that stretches to the horizon Abundance, then a harvest of loss berries in a bowl, plucked from an orchard sagging with fruit, then fires sweeping across the sky above Kelowna She captures place, and all the emotions experiencing it with a delicate brevity that slices through to truth like a knife A thoroughly enjoyable escape into a book while being in the world My personal view on poetry used to be, The less I understand and thepretentious it is, the better it must be This book totally changed my mind on the subject Lau s elegant, vivid, deceptively simple writing creates a complex life on a single page.

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