This collection of poems, written in Spring of 2013, describes my experiences living in the heart of “Canada’s poorest postal code”: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in Vancouver, and notorious for its drug use, poverty, sex trade, and crime. It’s a stark contrast to the high-rises and suit-and-tie lifestyles of Vancouver’s Central Business District, less than two kilometers away.
From describing my interview with a disheartened addiction’s counselor, to a bloody crime scene as a seemingly everyday occurence, the poems are oftentimes bleak and realistic about the darkness I discovered in the DTES. But there are also poems that capture the authenticity, humor, and frankness of the people there, and give voice to a deeper sense of community and humane-ness that pervades this place of suffering.
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