Copyright © Mercedes Eng. Originally published in The Capilano Review (3.35, Spring 2018).
Mercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author of Mercenary English (CUE, 2013 & Talonbooks, 2018) and Prison Industrial Complex Explodes (Talonbooks, 2018), winner of the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. “how it is” is a decade-old living poem charting life under capitalism in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver.
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