Poetry. George Bowering's 36th book of poetry, THE WORLD, I GUESS shows Canada's original poet-laureate still in MVP form as he approaches his 80th birthday. THE WORLD, I GUESS is a substantial book, six sections that demonstrate a command of a broad poetic range, a catholic range of interests, and echoes of a lifetime of reading and learning from Pound, Williams, Stanley, and others. The centrepiece of Bowering's new book is a long poem, "The Flood," a complex, discursive poem whose subject is poesis and whose interest is in the world around the writer. But the book ends with a suite of translations of the "modern" Canadian poetry canon, from Charles G.D. Roberts and Archibald Lampman to Irving Layton and Phyllis Webb. While THE WORLD, I GUESS might be just Bowering's 36th book of poetry, he's also issued a dozen or two novels and short story collections and another couple of dozen books of stuff he didn't make up: criticism, memoirs, and histories.
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George Bowering is the author of around a hundred books of poetry, fiction, and essays. A Member of the Order of Canada, and a two-time Governor General's Award laureate, he lives in Vancouver. His most recent works include COULD BE: NEW POEMS (New Star Books, 2021), SOFT ZIPPER (New Star Books, 2021), and WRITING AND READING (New Star Books, 2019).Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN