Poetry. "Still producing at the height of his powers" is a cliche that rarely applies as well as it does to George Bowering's recent output. In COULD BE: NEW POEMS, gathering work since his close call five years ago, Bowering shows off a wiser, though not necessarily mellower, aspect alongside the wit and unerring ear readers have come to expect from one of our greats.
Glad to be alive, these are poems that look out into the world with fresh eyes, curious as any young poet's. Only now the shadow of mortality finally takes its proper place alongside life's many other sources of magic and wonder. Sunlight and warmth suffuse these poems, formally spanning short lyric verse, "found" stuff, and a long poem ("Sitting in Jalisco"). Rewarding attention as always, with COULD BE, George Bowering adds to a substantial body of work.
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