Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words

Essays and Memoirs

Book - 2012
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"Words, words, words is a wide-ranging collection of literary essays that astonish the reader with their candor, insight, and generosity. Here we also get to find out what Bowering most cherishes about writers and writing: who was Al Purdy was; what David McFadden's work pays attention to; when the world of poetry changed; where Artie Gold appeared as a light fixture in our darkness; how bpNichol's Martyrology legitimized the vernacular; why we cannot read history without encountering Shakespeare."--P. [4] of cover.

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Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Memoir. WORDS, WORDS, WORDS is a wide-ranging collection of literary essays that astonish the reader with their candor, insight, and generosity. They echo everywhere with a kind of cosmic laughter that never lets us forget we are constructs of our own capacity to see through language—that at a most fundamental level, what we think about our selves is inevitably an extension of what we learn in our reading of others.

Neither precious nor shy, their subjects range from the sublime to the ridiculous—from the inarticulate nature of grief to a modest proposal for the uses of the dead. Bowering shares with us what he has learned in a lifetime of exercising his craft—even including what constitutes bad writing.

He constantly reminds us that the first and most important rule of life is: pay attention.

Book News
George Bowering was Canada's first Poet Laureate. He represents a generation in which English professors moonlighted in blue-collar jobs for extra cash, and were as likely to have written columns for the military paper as PhD dissertations. In this prose collection, he gathers the sort of miscellany publishers can offer when the writer is well known. The book begins with three memoiristic essays, includes a section of pieces on bp Nichol, another set on Al Purdy, essays on baseball (Bowering moonlighted as a sportswriter), and various reviews and remembrances. To US readers, the book may be interesting for its cultural style; Bowering's voice sounds reminiscent of the friendlier face of Libertarianism, or a Reagan Republican around the pickle barrel. But then this small-town Western boy points out that socialism sounds like what Jesus was doing and US foreign policy does not. He takes a postmodernist to task for getting her facts wrong, and then lauds her book for making readers think. He shares his youthful breathless crushes on Allen Ginsberg and Yoko Ono. Bowering often wanders and rarely targets; when he does, it's usually informed comments on Canadian writers and writing. His opinions may be valuable to Canadian readers because they are known, and may be useful south of the border because they are not. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Vancouver : New Star Books, 2012
Description: 226 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781554200665
Branch Call Number: 814 Bow


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Sep 09, 2015

well written, exactly what a writer should be...a good insight into a writer's life, accomplishments, successes and failures

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Sep 09, 2015

barbbicycle thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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