Scrivener’s Monthly: Daphne Marlatt Reading From “Liquidities”

Mar 16, 2013

Reading, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


This iteration of Scrivener’s Monthly welcomed Daphne Marlatt for a reading from her new collection Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now (2013). The publication gathers many of the poems from Marlatt’s Vancouver Poems (1972)—somewhat revised, or in some cases, substantially revised—and follows them with “Liquidities,” a series of poems about Vancouver’s incessant deconstruction and reconstruction, its quick transformations both on the ground and in urban imagining.

In celebration of the launch of Marlatt’s collection, artists Sean Alward, Raymond Boisjoly, and Maegan Hill-Carroll were commissioned to create photo-based works in conversation with select poems from Liquidities and their corresponding sites. Above and Below Burrard Bridge by Alward (in response to “Afternoons”), Jericho by Boisjoly (in response to “This City’s Shrouded”) and Rainier by Hill-Carroll (in response to “Marine, ah”) were projected in the Grand Luxe Hall during intermission. 

Scrivener’s Monthly was a series of public presentations that explored the space between material practices and spoken words. Set alongside exhibitions at Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” involved readings, performances, and other articulations.

Presented in partnership with Talonbooks.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.


Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.