Save 25% off all available titles* from November 27 to December 24, 2023.
Get free shipping on all orders over $30 within Canada!
Bonus Gift: Spend $50 or more and get a special wrapped gift (Hint: it’s a free book).
Use code HOLIDAYS23 at checkout to save!
*Sale includes in stock print books, eBooks, and audiobooks. Excludes already discounted holiday book bundles and forthcoming 2024 releases.

Horizontal Surfaces by George Bowering


Horizontal Surfaces by George Bowering


Department of Critical Thought No. 3

From prolific Canadian writer George Bowering comes Horizontal Surfaces, the complete collection of long-form poetic criticism that extends his 2007 chapbook of the same name, and the latest addition to BookThug’s Department of Critical Thought.

Horizontal Surfaces came from the same atelier as earlier critical works, Craft Slices (1985) and Errata (1988). In it, Bowering offers philosophical musings on topics as wide-ranging as poetry’s accessibility and what that means for baseball (a favourite topic for the author), the solidity of Ezra Pound’s writing, and spirituality in the west.

In some ways, readers may see this as a telling of Bowering’s life to this point—a mid-life pseudo-memoir of sorts, after achieving critical acclaim as a novelist, poet, historian, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, judge of major literary competitions… But this work does so much more: expressing the value and validity of language; how words have been important to Bowering, as useful tools to exact meaning; and at the same time, calling into question the utility of poetry to truly represent those things that our senses perceive to be “real.”

In Stock

SKU: 201025 Categories: , , ,


“Bowering’s poetic meditations weave together literature and criticism without indulging in abstract language or academic jargon.” — Alessadra Capperdoni via Canadian Literature

George Bowering writes these books about literary composition as well as short stories and the odd novel. He is also a poet of sorts, and won some prizes for his poetry a long time ago. He is currently working on another book about baseball, having found another niche that will never be seen by his country’s literary types.

November 2010 | Essays
9×6 inches | 96 pages
Condition: New
ISBN 9781897388716