September 8: Love, disappearance and Barbie dolls

Giovanna Riccio

Giovanna Riccio divided her reading between real and artificial people. Her set, which began with poems about people close to her and women who face gritty daily struggles was capped with her meditations on the 50-year-old toy phenomenon, Barbie.

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Kristan Anderson_14

When you see the rocker hair and t-shirt that says ‘Renegade’ you may not expect a set of unabashed love poetry, which is what Kristan Anderson delivered, along with musings about relocating to Ontario’s snow belt from Vancouver Island.

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Sachiko Murakami_3

Sachiko Murakami presented poems from The Invisibility Exhibit, which concern missing and murdered women from Vancouver’s troubled East Hastings neighbourhood. Not merely elegiac or outraged, her poems addressed issues such as economic disparity and the human capacity for predation.

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