TITLE: THE UPSTAIRS COUNTRY
AUTHOR: Alan Hill
PUBLISHER: Silver Bow
A Fresh new voice on Vancouver's poetry scene, Alan Hill's imaginative and dryly comic poems depict the journey of a man who somehow arrived in early middle-age and wondered: "How on earth did I get here? " The backstreets of Paris, Vietnam's Merkong Delta, bus journeys in Australia dn Hill's home county of Gloucestershire all feature in "The Upstairs Country".
Along the way we meet an array of people, both real and imagined, but most importantly, we meet the author himself: the traveler now settled into Vancouver daily life, in awe of the young family around him. The poet finds a rich seam where past and present intersect, and leaves us with images that will linger long in the mind.