Click to preview IMPRESSIONS OF VANCOUVER photo book

In September 2010 we were first time visitors to Vancouver, British Columbia. Jet-lagged, frazzled, too tired to think, and just a little bit hopeful that the city, our future home, will not disappoint.

It didn't.

The title of this book is taken from one of Vancouver poet Earle Birney's most famous works, "November Walk Near False Creek Mouth" (1964). It is part of a sculpture by Jaqueline Metz and Nancy Chew (2003) of a man with his hand - literally - on his heart, and cascading water beneath his feet. The sculpture stands on the Vancouver waterfront.

It perfectly captured our emotions as we faced Coal Harbour, having reached this point: - our best hope, our new beginning.

But still on the highest shelf of ever
washed by the curve of timeless returnings
lies the unreached unreachable nothing
whose winds wash down to the human shores
and slip shoving

into each thought nudging my footsteps now
as I turn to my brief night's ledge

in the last of warmth
and the fading of brightness
on the sliding edge of the beating sea

Earle Birney, 13 May 1904 – 3 September 1995


About the Author

Marthe Bijman
MBijman Vancouver, Canada

Marthe Bijman designs books with her own photos as well as the excellent photos taken by Mike O'Brien, a Geologist, on his travels around the world.

Publish Date  October 11, 2010

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  82 pgs   Standard Paper

Category  Travel

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