even this page is white by Vivek Shraya

February 7, 2017
even this page is white, Vivek Shraya, book review, intorilexPublished By: Arsenal Pulp Press on September 13th 2016
Format Read: Paperback Edition (116 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ LGBQT/ Race
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Purchased
Even this Page is White

Vivek's debut collection of poetry is a bold and timely interrogation of skin: its origins, functions, and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable.



These poems were riveting and powerful. I was so happy to give this poetry collection a read. I first heard about this book when it was a nominee for a 2016 Goodreads choice award in the poetry category. The title had me intrigued and the reading experience was so much more than I expected. Not only does the author address racial issues, but the self-esteem issues that emerge in a society that does not value you the way that you are. Shraya is unafraid to be inspired by the world, and was able to craft a memorable collection that discusses truth and white supremacy.
What's pictured is a very small sample of the creativity and topics that are discussed. There is an extensive conversation that the author has with white people in the book, because "white people listen to white people". There is also a number of pieces that address gender constructs and discrimination. It was refreshing to see Shraya address these topics fearlessly and in a creative and memorable fashion. Every one should read this book not only to get into poetry but to expand their perspective and world view. Now more then ever we should celebrate difference and embrace the ugly truth about how our society deals with it. 

In addition to the poems included, you also get access to a wonderful single for purchasing the book. The acknowledgements section is a great place to discover other wonderful scholars and artists on race. You will not regret reading and learning from this art.


Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached, as well as the Associate Editor of Heartbeats, a website featuring racialized artists and stories. Vivek’s first novel, She of the Mountains , was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. Her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white , was released this spring.

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