Powerful, exquisite, and intricately crafted, this poetic memoir spans and reconfigures 30 years of an award-winning writer’s life. Ten years after beginning the project and more than 40 years after first recording information about the people, places, and events upon which the poems are based, this thoroughly unique project has taken on a life of its own, bent and reshaped by experience, time, and revision.
About the author
George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate and co-founder of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH, was born in the Okanagan Valley.
A distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian and tireless supporter of fellow writers, Bowering has authored more than eighty books, including works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, biography and youth fiction.
In 2002, Bowering was recognized by the Vancouver Sun as one of the most influential people in British Columbia.
In 2011, he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in British Columbia.
“Easily Bowering's strongest book of poetry since Delayed Mercy and Other Poems . . . this is sincere and classic Bowering, illuminating new corners of phrase and personal / writing history, and expanding others, of home and life and love and ordinary events, beyond all the familiar and the unfamiliar tricks.” —The Globe and Mail
“His Life is a memoir that questions the genre itself, demonsrating the facile, trivial quality of mere biographical data when compared with the rich, complex, contradictory qualities of life.” —Quill & Quire
Other titles by George Bowering
Objects, Food, Rooms
Writing and Reading
Selected Serial Poems
if wants to be the same as is
Essential Poems of David Bromige
Some End / West Broadway
A Short Sad Book
The Dad Dialogues
A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe)