Karl Petersen goes back almost as far at Pacific Theatre as Anthony Ingram and I do - he played Brother Something-or-other in The Zeal Of Thy House, our first-ever Community Show (precursor to today's Stones Throw Productions and Emerging Artist Showcases), and kept up the tradition with any number of roles right up through Grandpa in You Can't Take It With You three years ago. He's also read his fine, funny, accessible and thoughtful poetry at our various anthology shows - here are some from Confessions and Christmas Presence
This new collection from Karl Petersen explores the urban landscape of Vancouver, BC. The poems both celebrate city life and express a yearning for belonging amid urban complexity. Petersen finds redemption from without and from within the city's walls where we hear cries for a significance of person and place. Often, the most unexpected revelations are found in the city's hidden corners. The title, Urban Fits, suggests the neurotic state of urban life and questions whether the urban environment is fit for human life, but the title also implies that we who live there must fit ourselves the city as home. With humour and word play, through deft, vivid phrasing and startling metaphor, the voices in these poems offer spiritual insight into urban life.
And there'll be a book launch - reading, author Q&A, and signing - this Friday, June 24 at 7:45.
At Grace Vancouver Church, 1696 W.7th Ave,, Vancouver (W.7th & Pine)
This is part of an Arts Event that starts at 7pm and includes a visual arts display and music, with Karl as the featured artist.
And if you can't make it to the reading, you can buy a copy here.