The poetics of a city

A Verse Map of Vancouver

For the past year Vancouver artist Derek von Essen has been photographing local streets and neighbourhoods for A Verse Map of Vancouver, a beautiful new coffee-table/anthology edited by the city’s first Poet Laureate, George McWhirter. Also designed by von Essen, the book, which features the words of ninety-two BC poets, will be launched April 21 at 7pm in the Alice MacKay Room of the downtown Vancouver Public Library (seating limited, admission free).

A Verse Map of Vancouver can be purchased from local booksellers or online at

A sneak preview of some of Derek’s images can be viewed at