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The Geography of Arrival



George Sipos, a poet and former bookseller in Prince George, BC, recounts his youth in London, Ontario. He arrived there in 1957 with his parents after they left Hungary and before they moved to the west coast. Sipos considers a series of sites for their ordinary, quotidian resonance. One of the best is the shuttered wing of Victoria Hospital. With consistently concise and formally correct prose, and setting aside narrative linearity and high drama Sipos expresses two beautiful and universal ideas: that every place possesses layers of personal, psychological, along with the physical, geography; that memory forms more often than not through one’s attachment to the small, simple, seemingly insignificant place, person or thing. All things considered, this is a truly amazing story.

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