Award-winning poet, journalist, and author Kim Goldberg will be reading from her latest book Red Zone at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at Back Page Books in Heritage Mews, #5 – 321 Wesley Street, in Nanaimo’s historic Old City Quarter. A discussion of homelessness in Nanaimo and the role of poetry in today’s society will follow the reading. Goldberg hopes you will attend this free event and share your thoughts and ideas on homelessness in Nanaimo and the theme “Is poetry the new journalism?”
Red Zone came out of Kim Goldberg’s three years of research on homelessness in Nanaimo. The result is an extraordinary book reconstructing a landscape of urban decline through a stunning combination of poem, image, artist projects and journal entries. In the book, the city itself becomes a persona speaking to us in the samizdat of cities everywhere – graffiti. And Nanaimo sheds its local identity to become a universal emblem of global culture in decay.
Goldberg’s tumble down the rabbit hole of broken glass and shattered lives ultimately lands her in her own smouldering red zone of passion, obsession and shame. “I can no longer discern where the political ends and the personal begins. The deeper I push into this swollen red midden of hidden box springs and open books, the more my own flesh burns,” she writes in Red Zone. Her book, published in September 2009 by Pig Squash Press, went into its second printing after just seven weeks and has now been adopted as a literature course text at Vancouver Island University.