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My Darling Nellie Grey
In December 2005, stalled on a novel he was writing, George Bowering thought he needed a challenge. By the end of the year he had made a New Year’s resolution: write a poem a day for the 365 days of 2006. While working on Crows in the Wind, in January, he decided each monthly sequence should have a rule: something for the writing to attend to. So for February, each day’s p ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Talonbooks
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An exquisite poetry collection, accumulated through 365 days via a New Years' resolution. Each month brings upon new challenges and delights. Whether they are short vignettes into a love life, sporadic memories of his parents beginning with ‘I Remember,’ or witty responses by verse to famous poets, George Bowering manages to forge new connections to his words.
It's an interesting premise- write a poem each day, and publish each themed month as its own chapbook. I ended up renewing this library book twice without quite getting through it. Bowering's poetry doesn't completely enthral me. However, I like the idea of the project, and may just attempt it some day myself.
George Bowering was born and brought up in the Okanagan Valley, amid sand dunes and sagebrush, but he has lived in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta — great sources of hockey stars. Along the way he has stopped to write several books on baseball. He has also picked up Governor General’s Awards for his poetry and fiction, and otherwise been rewarded with prizes for his books, except in his hom ...moreMore about George Bowering...