Tenderman by Tim BowlingTenderman by Tim Bowling


byTim Bowling

Paperback | August 31, 2011

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"I grew up in a blue-collar town ten minutes down the road from a white-collar town. And I've spent most of my life uncomfortable in both places."

With these opening words, accomplished poet Tim Bowling outlines the central tension that acts as a vital force in his newest book, Tenderman--the dichotomy between the sensitive poetic observer and the tough, working-class subject. Bowling returns again to the shores of his BC hometown that exert such a strong hold on his imagination, but through his focus on the tenderman figure, he also demonstrates wry self-awareness in doing so. The tenderman (a crewman on a salmon packing boat), who represents a fiercely independent everyman, acts as unintentional muse to the collection; its poems are often delivered through dialogues between poet and fisherman, reminiscences of their shared childhoods, or narratives delivered by the tenderman himself.

As always, Bowling's verse is stunning in its haunting portrayal of West Coast imagery, depicting both natural beauty ("the Spanish silhouette/ crouched in warm salt dark") and the grim realities of fishing ("The kicks and slaps of a hold of dying fish--/ hands in an auditorium") with effortless grace.
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:TendermanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:August 31, 2011Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088971259X

ISBN - 13:9780889712591

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brief Appreciation of "Tenderman" Go here: http://behindthehedge.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/a-brief-appreciation-of-tim-bowlings-tenderman/
Date published: 2012-04-06

Editorial Reviews

The collection is full of vividly drawn characters and themes that give it real life, albeit a dark and by times merciless life...Bowling's Tenderman is a tremendous collection of poems -- relevant, outspoken and composed with a sharp blade, indeed.
--Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen