For Love of the City
By Alan Reed
Edited by John Buschek
Interior design by John Buschek
Cover photo & design by Alan Reed
Buschek Books, 2006 (out of print)
A sequence of poems drawn from observations of everyday life in an unnamed city. The book was written in Edmonton, but has its origins in the time I lived in Toronto and the ways I tried, and largely failed, to make sense of that very different place.
The poems started as posters that I put up on streetposts in Edmonton, with the idea that reading them would reproduce the rhythm of walking a city’s streets. It was a way to fold the repesentation of a city back into the material experience of being in that city, a way of mirroring it from within itself.
This version of the project was staged in collaboration with Latitude 53 in 2005 under the title City Poems. I then reworked the poems as a sequence built around a narrative that echoed my experience living in Toronto. This version of the project was published as For Love of the City.
there’s this history
in a language
of broken bottles
of discarded thing
I can see it
I just don’t know how
to read it