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Taking Measures

Selected Serial Poems

by George Bowering, edited by Stephen Collis

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ISBN:9781772012378
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The first-ever collection of the major serial poems by Canada’s inaugural Parliamentory Poet Laureate, George Bowering, Taking Measures includes work from each of the last six decades, beginning with Bowering's engagement with process-based long poems in the 1960s and 1970s and moving through his continued exploration of the form in recent decades. Containing well-known Bowering texts, including Allophanes, Autobiology, Delayed Mercy, Genève, and Kerrisdale Elegies, as well as Baseball, At War with the U.S., Irritable Reaching, Smoking Mirror, Do Sink, His Life, and Los Pájanos de Tenacatita, Taking Measures offers a new and revealing look at this acclaimed and prolific author’s poetic development and contribution to Canadian writing.

The serial poem is a hybrid genre, stitching short lyrics together into sequential, long (typically book-length) poems; Bowering’s innovative use of the form, always rooted in an engagement with place, with language, and with the intertwining of the two, shows him at his experimental and irreverent best, his trademark playful seriousness extended and expanded, producing poetry that remains compelling, complex, and exciting decades after its composition. Edited by the award-winning poet Stephen Collis, Taking Measures offers a career-spanning and revelatory sample of one of Canada’s best-known and most versatile writers.

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George Bowering

Caprice is the second of three historical novels by George Bowering set in British Columbia, and recently re-issued by New Star Books. Burning Water was reissued in 2007, and Shoot! in 2008. An officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, and Canada's first modern-day poet-laureate, George Bowering has won two Governor-General's Awards for his books, as well as the British Columbia Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. He lives in Vancouver, where he intends to write every day as long as they let him.
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Stephen Collis

Caprice is the second of three historical novels by George Bowering set in British Columbia, and recently re-issued by New Star Books. Burning Water was reissued in 2007, and Shoot! in 2008. An officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, and Canada's first modern-day poet-laureate, George Bowering has won two Governor-General's Awards for his books, as well as the British Columbia Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. He lives in Vancouver, where he intends to write every day as long as they let him.
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Contributor Notes

George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate, was born in the Okanagan Valley.

After serving as an aerial photographer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bowering earned a BA in English and an MA in history at the University of British Columbia, where he became one of the co-founders of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. He has taught literature at the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario, and Simon Fraser University, and he continues to act as a Canadian literary ambassador at international conferences and readings.

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. His writing has also been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, and Romanian.

Bowering has twice won the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s top literary prize. In 2019 he received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia.

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