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Poetry. Winner of the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Voyeurism and fact go head to head in PORT OF BEING, a debut poetry collection that mines speech from the city streets and the Internet. These are poems set firmly on the threshold of the private and public, the future-haunted and the real, forging the human adrift in a terrain of space junk, drones, a ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published October 15th 2018 by Invisible Publishing
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Jane
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I'll come back to this book over and over again. I first saw Shazia read in Richmond a couple of years ago and ever since felt like she‘s been a familiar literary presence that I look up to and admire. The speaker’s voice in this book is both commanding and deft. There's a sneaky wry humour that you might miss if you're only looking for the most obviously sorrowful parts of its subject matter and forget to let yourself embody its full depth. I'm so here for Port of Being's tenderness ...more
Khashayar Mohammadi
A true triumph. Highly recommended
George K. Ilsley
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canada, poetry
In this poetry collection, the first from this talented young poet, the combination of distance and intimacy induces a form of cognitive dissonance in the reader.

In the section called "Spooky Actors at a Distance" scientific or euphemistic phrases are selected and sharpened into word-weapons. Some phrases are dystopian ("bread with chemicals used in yoga mats"); some are seemingly sampled from banal business memos ("concerns over devaluation"). These phrases achieve fresh new depth and meaning
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Ayaz Pirani
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poetry with an acute, painstaking ear. We usually think about a poet writing but this book is about a poet listening.
Lanika
I guess I'm too obtuse for these poems. Despite having an idea of the form/devices Shazia Hafiz Ramji employed, by attending a reading and panel of theirs, I couldn't fully appreciate their craft. I felt like the caveats included in the end notes would perhaps be more useful closer to the poems they illuminate. For me some poems didn't hold up on their own without the end notes. ...more
Ellen Chang-Richardson
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fresh and powerful. Now on my shelf of poetic inspirations.
Jason Schreurs
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this.
Alexis
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Some really nice stuff in here. Loved the Vancouver references. The final, confessional section was my favourite.
Julia
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read and re-reading. I was already a fan but now I'm a bigger fan. ...more
Meg
I only seem to be able to read a piece from where I am. Oh Vancouver.
Hasan Namir
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the honor of reading Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s brilliant poetry book Port of Being. The reader is often the voyeur, witnessing and questioning the very core of our own being. Powerful and very touching, taking me to places while questioning our own political identities. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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