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The Good Life

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
City of Vancouver's Poet Laureate for 2009-2011

In 1999 Brad Cran exploded onto the Canadian literary scene with the release of Hammer & Tongs, a milestone anthology of the country's newest generation of poets. It became the bestselling book in the history of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and was followed by a cross-Canada tour with sold-out shows in Calg
Paperback, 79 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Nightwood Editions
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Jul 24, 2013 Flaneurette rated it really liked it
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A fine collection. I am very pleased to have discovered a poet who is to my knowledge unknown in Europe. Brad Cran's poems have a warmth yet observational tone, most often not without a certain dash of shrewdness. I was particularly fond of the Cityscapes poems. Here Cran connects the flickering stories, high tempo, lost souls, ignorance, arrogance, ambition and the pains of a metropole with universal truths and eternal love. The poignant Cityscape I is a clear favourite of mine:

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May 08, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, poetry
This is one of those books of poetry where it is difficult to decide which poem to share lines from, you know what I mean, like the ice-cream shop with all your favorite flavors. So here is a fragment of just one of the amazing pieces of poetry in this book. As you may know poets set high water-marks They strive to find the absolute right words to express their thoughts, observations and feelings.Brad Cran achieves this in his work and inspires me as both a writer and a reader.

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Jul 14, 2013 THE TORONTO QUARTERLY rated it really liked it
Hey Everyone! Please check out my latest interview with Vancouver poet Brad Cran as we discuss his latest collection of poetry Ink on Paper (Nightwood Editions, 2013). Read it now on my TTQ Blog.
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Apr 04, 2013 Melissa Haynes rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful surprise when this book arrived autographed by the author. Modern day poetry that aroused all my senses - what a pleasure to devour this treasure. Well done Brad!
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Brad Cran is a writer, accountant and social entrepreneur. Cran served as Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver from April of 2009 until October of 2011.

He published his first book, The Good Life, in 2001 and his most recent book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (with Gillian Jerome,) won the City of Vancouver Book Award, was shortlisted for the Roderick
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