Selected Poems by Tim BowlingSelected Poems by Tim Bowling

Selected Poems

byTim Bowling

Hardcover | April 17, 2013

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With Selected Poems, Tim Bowling has gathered together his finest poems over a twenty-year period, a selection including work from his widely celebrated debut collection, Low Water Slack, in 1995, to his tenth collection, Tenderman, in 2011. Always a poet of intense emotion and surprising metaphor whose lyric-narrative voice ranges in tone from romantic to humorous to coldly tragic and unrelievedly dark, Bowling's integrity has never wavered, nor has his commitment to celebrating poetic tradition and the land and waterscapes of his cherished West Coast.

Selected Poems is unabashedly musical, image-rich and ambitious; poems of the natural world, childhood, family, death, and the pleasures and rigours of art lead into ever-deeper explorations of history, society and middle age, but the faith in the power of language to convey something essential about life remains consistent. This is a book whose pages are viscerally alive with concrete, physical sensations; you can hear the seagulls, smell the wet cedar and brine, and see the sun sink on the great salmon runs with "the clunk of a cue ball." Bowling's particular ability to make his place come alive and to transfer that vitality into a variety of other subjects, from book collecting to beekeeping, has been celebrated throughout his career.

Many of the poems gathered here have won significant honours, both in and outside Canada, from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Bridport Prize Foundation in England, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in the United States. His Selected Poems is a landmark publication in Canadian literature.
Tim Bowling has published numerous poetry collections, including Low Water Slack; Dying Scarlet (winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry); Darkness and Silence (winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry); The Witness Ghost and The Memory Orchard (both nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award);...
Title:Selected PoemsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:April 17, 2013Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889712786

ISBN - 13:9780889712782

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Twenty years of work, of focus comes to light. Selected Poems is a collection of poetry from Tim Bowling who shares what he holds as some of his best work from throughout his career and his unique style and view of the world. For those who want a sampler of the best of Bowling's work, Selected Poems more than earns its place in any contemporary poetry collection. "Edwardian Street": A boarder coughs in an attic room,/a child's fever breaks, dark branches gull/the glass of an upstairs window, and someone reaches for the Seneca on the shelf.//Old houses.//Something is happening at the end of their long hallways:/the heart of the past is foreclosing on itself.--John Taylor, Midwest Book Review