About the Book
Taking Measures collects the major serial poems of Canada’s inaugural Poet Laureate, George Bowering, from his engagement with process-based long poems in the 1960s and ’70s to his continued exploration of the form in the past decade. Something of a hybrid genre, stitching short lyrics together into sequential, long (typically book-length) poems, Bowering’s serial poems show him at his experimental and irreverent best. This collection includes work from each of the last six decades, offering a career-spanning sample of Bowering’s oeuvre.
About the Book
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 one hundred 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 Literary Award, Canada’s top literary prize.Stephen Collis’s many books of poetry include The Commons (Talonbooks, 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talonbooks, 2010 – awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), DECOMP (with Jordan Scott – Coach House, 2013), and Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016 – nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature). He has also written two books of literary criticism, a book of essays on the Occupy Movement, and a novel. Almost Islands is a forthcoming memoir, and a long poem, Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written, is in progress. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.