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George Stanley at Commercial St. Cafe May 31 for ‘After Desire’ launch


9781554200702-afterdesire-3DAfter Desire, the new book of poems by George Stan­ley, is now avail­able and being shipped to the last remain­ing book­stores car­ry­ing this sort of thing. It is the San Fran­cis­co-born Stanley’s eighth book and his first since Van­cou­ver: A Poem (a final­ist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize) came out in 2008.

After Desire con­sists of four parts. Some of the pieces in the first sec­tion, ‘After Desire,’ appeared in an issue of the Capi­lano Review devot­ed to Stanley’s work. Two oth­er suites of poems, ‘2005–2011’ and ‘Open Space,’ fea­ture work that has been writ­ten since, or dur­ing the peri­od when Stan­ley was writ­ing Van­cou­ver: A Poem. ‘Open Space’ includes ‘West Broad­way,’ appar­ent­ly the first sec­tion of a longer, Van­cou­ver: A Poem-style work on Stanley’s Kit­si­lano neigh­bour­hood. And one sec­tion of After Desire, ‘1971,’ presents three poems writ­ten not long after Stan­ley moved to Van­cou­ver that were then lost for forty years.

There will be two oppor­tu­ni­ties to hear George Stan­ley read this month. On Tues­day, May 21, at 7:30 pm at the People’s Co-op Book­store, Stan­ley will be read­ing with Phil Hall, whose book Killdeer (pub­lished by Book­Thug) won the Governor-General’s Award for Poet­ry last year.

The launch for After Desire will be Fri­day, May 31 at the Com­mer­cial Street Cafe. The launch gets under­way at 8 pm; admis­sion is free.

The cov­er of After Desire fea­tures a paint­ing by Van­cou­ver artist Mina Toti­no called Plink, and was designed by Mark Mushet.