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B.W. Powe’s Where Seas and Fables Meet: “A Book of Everything”

where seas and fables meetIn his recent review of B.W. Powe’s Where Seas and Fables Meet (Guernica Editions, Spring 2015), J.S. Porter talks about the content of the book, and comments on what makes Where Seas and Fables Meet his personal favourite “among [Powe’s] ever-growing contribution to Canadian letters”.

Porter comments on the extensive variety of content and the various literary forms presented in the book:

“Still early in his career, B.W. Powe in Where Seas and fables Meet has written a book of everything. A book of stories, analysis and theory, Wilde Things, Marginalia and Delphic Ironies. Along the way, he writes an essay on film director Stanley Kubrick and positions Kafka as the one indispensable seer of our time”

Furthermore, he speaks about how the different sides of Powe as a writer come out in the various sections of the book: “The Wilde Things are… Powe at Play…The Delphic Ironies tend to be Powe in thought. And the stories, Powe imagining”.

Though Porter explains that the whole book, the hybrid of “paradox, technology-probes, story and dream” is what blends “into an exuberant affirmation of human possibility”, his personal favourite sections of the book are the stories, which “demonstrate the power of story- the power to transport, to cast spells, and to enrapture.”

He calls Powe ‘a child of the world, [who] fills his interval ecstatically in art, song and fable.”

Where Seas and fables Meet is his most personal and intimate book. It’s Powe unbuttoned, free-ranging and wild.”

B.W. Powe is widely regarded as one of the original and unclassifiable authors in Canadian writing. He is the author of A Climate Charged (1984), The Solitary Outlaw (1987), A Tremendous Canada of Light(1995), Outage (1995), Light Onwords, Light Onwards (2003), The Unsaid Passing (2005), a finalist for the ReLit Prize, These Shadows Remain (2011), and Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye, Apocalypse and Alchemy. He lives in Stouffville, Ontario

Click this link to read J.S. Porter’s full review of Where Seas and Fables Meet

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