VBC – TOSOO: Week 3 contest photos and Week 4 inspiration


The Vancouver Book Club’s Spring Selection is Rob Taylor’s poetry collection The Other Side of Ourselves and to get you into the right frame of mind we’re running a photo contest in the weeks leading up to the April 29th event.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to read this week’s poem and find out how you can enter.

Wouldn’t you know it, last week we picked a poem about rain to get your creativity flowing and then we had a week of sun with the occasional blizzard. As a result, there were only two entries this week.

“Other Side” by David Jez

“This Side of the Rain” by Robin Susanto

All photos submitted will be entered into a prize draw at the April 29 event.

Week 4

Creation Stories

She has her narratives, he has his,
and together they move through the world.

Their scripts are filled with the same set pieces, same characters,
yet they are blocked differently, recite different lines.

His parties end at 11:00, hers at 2:30.
They attend neighbouring churches, cheer for rival hockey teams.
She waters the lawn on Tuesdays, he mows it on Saturdays.
Their cars point in opposite directions each morning.
Their children attend different universities.

But we’re only having one child, a girl,
he notes to her, drowsily.

She stares at the ceiling, smiles faintly.
It has taken so little for him to unmoor her.

Then our child will live on an island between us,
she concedes, rolling on her side.

And us? We will live an ocean apart?
he curls his arm around her, cocooning her in blankets.

He is long asleep before she can answer him,
but she whispers nonetheless, to the vaulted darkness,
We will beach ourselves upon her shore

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To enter:

1) email the photo to us at books@vancouverisawesome.com. Put “TOSOO Photo Week 4″ in the subject line.


2) post the photo on the web and send us a tweet @VIA_Reads with the link and #TOSOO

Please make sure photos are at least 600 pixels wide. Photos must be your own work or you must have permission of the photographer.

The deadline to enter photos for this week’s poem is next Wednesday, March 28, 2012. We’ll post the photos, and the next poem, on Friday.