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Nightwood Poet Tim Bowling Launches Tenderman in BC

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 1:12am

Nightwood Editions poet Tim Bowling returns to his hometown to launch his tenth collection of poetry, Tenderman , at the  Ladner Pioneer Library (4683 51st Street, Delta) on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm

Bowling—who is currently living in Edmonton—is an award-winning writer who has garnered national and international acclaim for his poetry, non-fiction and novels. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, his other awards include the Canadian Authors Association National Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize and two Alberta Book Awards. He has also been a finalist for two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Poetry and the Nereus Writers Trust Non-Fiction Prize.

In Tenderman, Bowling outlines the central tension that acts as a vital force in the collection—the dichotomy between the sensitive poetic observer and the tough working-class subject. The tenderman (the term for a crewman on a salmon packing boat), who represents an unromantic, 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.

This event is made possible in part by the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and admission is free. For more information, phone the library at 604-946-6215.